This paper suggests a possible solution to the problem of air traffic control systems, with the aims of economy and flexibility in mind. A review of the broad spectrum of possible systems is included before discussing the Fully Automated Pilot Monitored, Air Traffic Control system (FAPMATC). Characteristics of FAPMATC include an emphasis on strategic planning and control techniques; ground-based surveillance and two-way digital communication; electronic traffic situation displays to pilots; and, re-design of flight-deck instrument. The logical argument for this system is that the optimum amount of strategic planning and control will maximize the efficiency of aircraft operations and minimize the amount of tactical intervention required. It is argued that the switch to total automation on the ground is the only satisfactory way to deal with the problem of controller productivity. The FAPMATC system is strategically oriented to require a minimum of tactical control. The ground-based part of the system for surveillance, communication, strategic and tactical control being fully automated; the human monitoring element required to provide confidence in the system is supplied from the flight deck. It is suggested that the FAPMATC system is both the logical conclusion is present trends in the development of air traffic management (ATM) systems and a system which results from a reasoned approach to the solution of the ATM problem, given the constraints of economy in operation and flexibility with respect to traffic growth.

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    Royal Institute of Navigation

    Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore
    London SW7,   England 
  • Authors:
    • FORD, R L
  • Publication Date: 1978-5

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  • Accession Number: 00179301
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Journal of Navigation
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM