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Advanced Air Traffic Management Research (Human Factors and Automation): NASA Research Initiatives in Human-Centered Automation Design in Airspace ManagementNASA has initiated a significant thrust of research and development focused on providing the flight crew and air traffic managers automation aids to increase capacity in en route and terminal area operations through the use of flexible, more fuel-efficient routing, while improving the level of safety in commercial carrier operations. In that system development, definition of cognitive requirements for integrated multi-operator dynamic aiding systems is fundamental. The core processes of control and the distribution of decision making in that control are undergoing extensive analysis. From our perspective, the human operators and the procedures by which they interact are the fundamental determinants of the safe, efficient, and flexible operation of the system. In that perspective, we have begun to explore what our experience has taught will be the most challenging aspects of designing and integrating human-centered automation in the advanced system. We have performed a full mission simulation looking at the role shift to self-separation on board the aircraft with the rules of the air guiding behavior and the provision of a cockpit display of traffic information and an on-board traffic alert system that seamlessly integrates into the TCAS operations. We have performed and initial investigation of the operational impact of "Dynamic Density" metrics on controller relinquishing and reestablishing full separation authority. (We follow the assumption that responsibility at all times resides with the controller.) This presentation will describe those efforts as well as describe the process by which we will guide the development of error tolerant systems that are sensitive to shifts in operator work load levels and dynamic shifts in the operating point of air traffic management.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Corker, Kevin M.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Condon, Gregory W.
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1996
Subject Category
Aircraft Stability And Control
Meeting Information
Meeting: 41st Annual Air Traffic Control Association Meeting
Location: Nashville, TN
Country: United States
Start Date: October 13, 1996
End Date: October 17, 1996
Sponsors: Air Traffic Control Association
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 538-04-12
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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