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Controller team possibilities for sectorless air traffic management

Birkmeier, Bettina and Tittel, Sebastian and Korn, Bernd (2016) Controller team possibilities for sectorless air traffic management. In: 16th Integrated Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance Conference, ICNS 2016. Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference, 2016-04-19 - 2016-04-21, Herndon, VA, USA. doi: 10.1109/icnsurv.2016.7486362.

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Sectorless air traffic management is an en-route concept, which eliminates the need for control sectors. Instead of assigning a geographic area (sector), air traffic controllers are assigned certain aircraft. Controllers are responsible for their assigned aircraft all the way from entry to exit. In previous simulations, one controller was responsible for six aircraft at the same time. As these aircraft can be located anywhere in the sectorless airspace, controllers were provided with one traffic display for each assigned aircraft. This discussion paper suggests other possibili-ties for providing traffic information to sectorless air traffic controllers. Instead of having one traffic display for each aircraft under control (tiled display), controllers could work with a general map, a zoom display to magnify certain traffic situations, or a combination of such displays. We revisit the concept of controller teams and explore alternatives. In addition to working alone or in pairs of executive and controller, the sectorless air traffic management concept opens possibilities for innovative teamwork. For example, there could be a team of one coordinator and several executives, or even a control-room team. This paper gives examples of new display and team ideas and discusses their respective advantages and disadvantages. We argue that the way traffic information is displayed to controllers affects their mental models and working methods. In addition, we provide results on the tiled display from previous simulations and introduce ideas for future research.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/103661/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Controller team possibilities for sectorless air traffic management
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:April 2016
Journal or Publication Title:16th Integrated Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance Conference, ICNS 2016
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:air traffic management; atm; sectorless atm; controller teams
Event Title:Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference
Event Location:Herndon, VA, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:19 April 2016
Event End Date:21 April 2016
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Efficient Flight Guidance (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Birkmeier, Bettina
Deposited On:06 Apr 2016 18:23
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:09

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