PUTTING THE PILOT BACK IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT

An argument is made for a greater role of the pilot in terminal area navigation, instead of further expanding the number of ground controllers. The failure so far to enable the pilot to observe with an airborne sensor the air traffic surrounding his aircraft has been partially due to electronic limitations now overcome by reliable microcomputers. The author concludes that it is time to leave the mature ground control system to operate as it stands and accelerate incorporating into ATC a cockpit display of the traffic surrounding the pilot's aircraft. At present, the pilot often works under even greater stress than controllers by being forced to rely for his safety on the remote non-pilot who never dies if he makes a mistake. By allowing the pilot to do the job he was hired to do, assisted by on board tracking of nearby traffic, the display will actually reduce his workload and will also lower controller stress, since the controller will have another person to check his decisions.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    1290 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY  United States  10019
  • Authors:
    • Litchford, G
  • Publication Date: 1978-11

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  • Accession Number: 00189714
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1979 12:00AM