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Which data provide the best insight? A field trial for validating a remote tower operation concept.

Friedrich, Maik and Möhlenbrink, Christoph (2013) Which data provide the best insight? A field trial for validating a remote tower operation concept. Tenth USA/Europe Air Traffic Management Research and Development Seminar, 10.-13. Jun. 2013, Chicago.

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Abstract

This paper describes the validation of a Remote Tower Control workplace. The study shows how Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCOs) observe traffic from a Tower Control Working Position at Airport Erfurt-Weimar (ERF) in comparison to a Remote Controller Working Position. The validation exercise targets low traffic density airports. Shadow-mode trials were used to cover perceptual, operational and human factors aspects of a Remote Tower System, including a live video panorama and a German Aerospace Center (DLR) research aircraft. The aircraft was used to fly different maneuvers within the aerodrome. These maneuvers allow insights on the detectability of an aircraft within different distances from the tower and the gathering of operation information about an aircraft status. In addition, a Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) vehicle was used to position static objects on the airfield to determine the detectability of these objects for different distances to the Control Tower (RTO-camera system). Eight ATCOs from the DFS participated in the validation exercise. Time-synchronized questionnaires for the controller working position remote (CWP-remote) and the controller working position tower (CWP-tower) were applied, addressing operational relevant questions to the ATCOs. The results reveal that the information sources play a different role at the CWP-remote than for the CWP-tower. The results are discussed taking performance and subjective data into consideration. Further, the implications for the consolidation of functional requirements and system specifications for a future remote tower system are worked out.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/81815/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Which data provide the best insight? A field trial for validating a remote tower operation concept.
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Friedrich, MaikMaik.Friedrich (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Möhlenbrink, ChristophChristoph.Moehlenbrink (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2013
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Remote Tower Operations; Validation; Video panorama; perception, detectability; SESAR;
Event Title:Tenth USA/Europe Air Traffic Management Research and Development Seminar
Event Location:Chicago
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:10.-13. Jun. 2013
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Aircraft Research (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Simulation & Validation (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control > Systemergonomy
Deposited By: Friedrich, Maik
Deposited On:22 Apr 2013 16:32
Last Modified:08 May 2014 23:28

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