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Head Up Only – A design concept to enable multiple remote tower operations

Papenfuß, Anne and Friedrich, Maik (2016) Head Up Only – A design concept to enable multiple remote tower operations. Symposium ATM Research & Industrie, 01.06.2016, Berlin, Deutschland.

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Multiple remote tower control aims at enabling one air traffic controller (ATCO) to control simultaneous traffic at two airports at the same time. This concept has the advantage that workforce of the ATCOs can be utilized in an optimized way. Nevertheless, it raises the questions how the workplace should be designed in order to allow the ATCO to handle as much traffic as possible in a safe and efficient manner. One important parameter is the visual attention of the ATCO. Monitoring is the main task of tower ATCOs and is the mechanism by which ATCOs detect deviations between the preplanned and the real traffic situation. As a rule of thumb, air traffic controllers are trained to “look outside” as often as possible, also called working “head-up”. Especially, it is a normative behavior that the controller should monitor an aircraft during the take-off and landing phase in order to detect any hazardous events as early as possible, e.g. a burning engine. In contrast to this rule, the so-called “head-down” times of air traffic controllers increased already over the past years as new information sources were presented to the ATCOs by adding displays to their working positons. So it is of interest; whether ATCOs are able conduct their monitoring task in a multiple remote tower environment where the number of sources with visual information is further increased. Specifically, the ATCOs should be able to monitor take-off and landings as good as compared to working on a single airport.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/104372/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Head Up Only – A design concept to enable multiple remote tower operations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Papenfuß, AnneUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0686-7006UNSPECIFIED
Friedrich, MaikUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3742-2322UNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Multiple Remote Tower, Eye Tracking, Human Factors, Monitoring, Visual Attention
Event Title:Symposium ATM Research & Industrie
Event Location:Berlin, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:01.06.2016
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 - Human factors and safety in Aeronautics (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > Systemergonomy
Deposited By: Papenfuß, Anne
Deposited On:10 Jun 2016 17:13
Last Modified:29 Mar 2023 00:27

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