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Assessment of Human Performance in Multiple Remote Tower Operations

Hamann, Anneke and Jakobi, Jörn and Schier, Sebastian and Timmermann, Felix and Rambau, Tim (2019) Assessment of Human Performance in Multiple Remote Tower Operations. Tandem AEROdays 2019, 2019-05-27 - 2019-05-30, Bukarest, Rumänien.

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As part of the SESAR2020 PJ05 Remote Tower, new concepts are under test to facilitate safe, high-quality and cost efficient air traffic management. As an extension to the already operational Remote Tower concept, efforts are taken to investigate the impact of Multiple Remote Tower (MRT) operations on human performance. In the present study, it was assessed if a single Air Traffic Controller (ATCO) was able to provide air traffic service (ATS) to three remotely controlled aerodromes at a time. Seven ATCOs provided ATS to one mid-sized and two small-sized aerodromes in a high-fidelity real-time simulation. ATCOs completed five scenarios dealing with runway direction changes, unplanned runway closures due to oil leakage as well as a simulated emergency. Workload, situation awareness and safety were assessed with multiple validated questionnaires and qualitative debriefing interviews. Task effort was slightly increased, but workload and situation awareness remained at an acceptable level throughout all runs. No safety-critical situations were reported. MRT operations can be considered safe and efficient under the given circumstances. They are reckoned another factor contributing to complexity, just like traffic load, distribution and/or unexpected situations. This should therefore be taken into account when designing an MRT controller working position.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/127650/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Assessment of Human Performance in Multiple Remote Tower Operations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Hamann, AnnekeUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6312-5116UNSPECIFIED
Jakobi, JörnUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2352-2971UNSPECIFIED
Schier, SebastianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0009-0002-9987-4869UNSPECIFIED
Date:27 May 2019
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:remote tower; multiple remote tower; human performance; workload; situation awareness
Event Title:Tandem AEROdays 2019
Event Location:Bukarest, Rumänien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:27 May 2019
Event End Date:30 May 2019
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
Institute of Flight Guidance > ATM-Simulation
Deposited By: Hamann, Dr. Anneke
Deposited On:18 Nov 2019 09:39
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:31

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