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Change of controller tasks in a sectorless ATM concept - first results

Birkmeier, Bettina and Schmid, Julia and Korn, Bernd (2012) Change of controller tasks in a sectorless ATM concept - first results. In: Proceedings of the Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference 2012, I61-I616. Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance Conference 2012, 24.-26. April 2012, Herndon, VA, USA. ISBN 978-1-4673-1899-0.

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Abstract

In a sectorless air traffic management concept the airspace is not divided into sectors but seen as one piece. An air traffic controller is no longer in charge of a sector but is responsible for individual flights which he or she controls from the entry into the airspace to the exit. This means that the controller has to keep track of several flights and traffic situations which might not be in the same geographic region. Naturally, such a considerable change of concept influences the tasks and way of working for the controller. This paper gives first results about how a sectorless concept might change controller tasks. It is debated which tools might best support such a concept and help the controller to maintain situational awareness. We review different models for task analysis and use them for a comparison of tasks in a sectored and a sectorless concept. Especially the role of a conflict detection tool and other automatic support systems is discussed. Real time simulations conducted at DLR provided first indications regarding changes in controller tasks, which are presented and analyzed. In a sectorless concept coordination with adjoining sectors is no longer necessary. The presented findings show that in addition the introduction of conflict detection tools could relieve the controller of planning tasks, thus shifting the main tasks more towards tactic control and monitoring. The discussion suggests a work environment and procedures which help the controller to exploit the benefits of sectorless control while retaining situational awareness and focus on the task of conflict avoidance.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Title:Change of controller tasks in a sectorless ATM concept - first results
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Birkmeier, Bettinabettina.birkmeier@dlr.de
Schmid, Juliajulia.schmid@dlr.de
Korn, Berndbernd.korn@dlr.de
Date:January 2012
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference 2012
Refereed publication:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:I61-I616
ISBN:978-1-4673-1899-0
Status:Published
Keywords:Air traffic management; ATM; sectorless ATM; airspace management; sectorless airspace management; advanced airspace concept; controller task; task analysis
Event Title:Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance Conference 2012
Event Location:Herndon, VA, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:24.-26. April 2012
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:ATM and Operation
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Effiziente Flugführung und Flugbetrieb (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Bettina Birkmeier
Deposited On:17 Feb 2012 14:20
Last Modified:25 Jun 2012 11:39

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