Automating ATM: "Stripless" Earns its Spurs

This article discusses the tangible improvements in working comfort and air traffic control (ATC) capacity since Skyguide (Switzerland's air navigation service provider) adopted the 'stripless' air traffic management system. In place since in December 2005, Skyguide's Geneva control center has been managing air traffic in an entirely digital environment, without traditional control strips. In regards to working comfort, the 80 Skyguide air traffic controllers report substantially reduced workload per flight and improved concentration on the radar screen. The author notes that improvements in work comfort have also led to gains in capacity, with controllers able to handle the same volume of traffic as before, but more easily and quickly. Gains of 5% for both June 2006 and September 2006 have been reported. Moreover, the control center's estimated capacity of 132 flights per hour in the July 17-30 period is reported to be 7.3 % higher than for the same period in 2005. The article also discusses the process Skyguide has undertaken to bring air traffic controller acceptance of stripless ATM in particular and automaton of ATM in general.


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  • Accession Number: 01046522
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 2007 9:54PM