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Measurement of Temporal Awareness in Air Traffic ControlTemporal awareness, or level 3 situation awareness, is critical to successful control of air traffic, yet the construct remains ill-defined and difficult to measure. This research sought evidence for air traffic controllers awareness of temporal characteristics of their tasks in data from a high-fidelity system evaluation simulation. Five teams of controllers worked on four scenarios with different traffic load. Several temporal parameters were defined for each task controllers performed during a simulation run and their actions on the tasks were timed relative to them. Controllers showed a strong tendency to prioritize tasks according to a first come, first served principle. This trend persisted as task load increased. Also evident was awareness of the urgency of tasks, as tasks with impending closing of a window of opportunity were performed before tasks that had longer time available before closing of the window.
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Conference Paper
Rantanen, E.M.
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2009
Subject Category
Air Transportation And Safety
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Meeting: 53rd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Location: San Antonio, TX
Country: United States
Start Date: October 19, 2009
End Date: October 23, 2009
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