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Analysis of Critical Situations at Remote Tower Operated Airports

Peters, Martin and Papenfuss, Anne (2012) Analysis of Critical Situations at Remote Tower Operated Airports. DLR-Interner Bericht. DLR-IB 112-2012/32. Master's. City University London. 52 S.

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This thesis describes an in depth analysis of critical situations that occurred within a simulator study in the context of the Remote Airport Control Centre (RaiCe) project. The main objective is the identification of reasons for critical situations based on the assessment of the observer according the Modified Cooper Harper scale from the DLR. As there were numbers of assessments, a quantitative analysis was conducted to filter and identify situations for a qualified investigation. Therefore, video, audio and eye tracking data of the selected simulation runs was analysed. Furthermore, in cooperation with video and eye tracking data, possible effects and hazards for a future remote tower centre operation were identified. The data out of the RaiCe 2 campaign was analysed and discussed in respect of workload and situation awareness. The potentially negative influences of being responsible for two airports on the situational awareness of the controller were analysed, whilst using a video reproduction of the Out of The Window (OTW) view. Successively mitigation means were identified suited to regain situational awareness and thus maintain the safety of air traffic during remote centre tower operations. Especially the influence of the simultaneous operation of two airports at one working position and by one controller was of interest, as this mode of operation provides the greatest potentials for an increase in efficiency for future tower control operations. Among possible mitigation means discussed in the process a focus on a team setup that compensates the increased workload of the controller became the favoured means. The intention is to compensate for the increased workload encountered in the experimental working envi-ronment by applying suitable working rotations with sufficient regeneration times. Additionally it was shown that suitable procedural adjustments could lead to an increased situational awareness of the controller. The main objective of this project is to identify and analyse critical situation that appeared during the DLR study as to their cause and to describe a number of possible mitigation means.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/78890/
Document Type:Monograph (DLR-Interner Bericht, Master's)
Title:Analysis of Critical Situations at Remote Tower Operated Airports
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Number of Pages:52
Keywords:remote tower center; Fallbeispiel; Simulation; explorativ; Verkehrssituationen; Towerlotse; tower controll; kritische situationen; mitigation means;
Institution:City University London
Department:Air Transport Management
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:ATM and Operation (old)
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:23 Jan 2013 10:32
Last Modified:23 Jan 2013 10:32

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