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Impact of displaying of RA Downlink information to the controller - empirical study

Drozdowski, Stanislaw and Dehn, Doris and Teutsch, Jürgen and Lorenz, Bernd (2007) Impact of displaying of RA Downlink information to the controller - empirical study. 7th USA Europe ATM R&D Seminar, 2007-07-02 - 2007-07-05, Barcelona, Spain.

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If the Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) identifies an imminent collision, it issues a Resolution Advisory (RA). The RA takes precedence of Air Traffic Control (ATC) instructions and the air traffic controller should not interfere with the according collision avoidance manoeuvre. To date, the only source of information for the controller to know about the RA is the pilot report. However, pilot reports of RAs are often incomplete, delayed, incorrect or even missing. This introduces ambiguity about tasks and responsibilities of pilots and controllers. One option to address this problem consists in downlinking RAs for display at the controller working position (CWP). The present paper gives an overview of EUROCONTROL’s Feasibility of RA Downlink Study (FARADS) and describes the results of one of the experiments that have been conducted to determine the impact of RA downlink on the controller’s performance, situational awareness and workload. The results of the experiment point to operational benefits of RA downlink. Contradictory clearances to aircraft involved in an RA were exclusively observed in the absence of RA downlink. Controller’s recollection of RA events caused by pilot or controller error was superior if RA downlink was provided. Furthermore, there was no evidence for negative effects of RA downlink, such as cognitive tunnelling on the RA event and a lower ability to separate other traffic in the sector.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/47153/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Impact of displaying of RA Downlink information to the controller - empirical study
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Drozdowski, StanislawEurocontrolUNSPECIFIED
Dehn, DorisEurocontrolUNSPECIFIED
Date:January 2007
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:ACAS, resolution advisory downlink, interactive real-time simulation, air traffic controller performance
Event Title:7th USA Europe ATM R&D Seminar
Event Location:Barcelona, Spain
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2007-07-02 - 2007-07-05
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignment
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - no assignment (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > Systemergonomy
Deposited By: Lorenz, Dr.phil. Bernd
Deposited On:30 Jan 2007
Last Modified:08 May 2014 23:21

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