Structure, Intent & Conformance Monitoring in ATC
Author(s)Reynolds, Tom G.; Histon, Jonathan M.; Davison, Hayley J.; Hansman, R. John
In field studies of current Air Traffic Control operations it is found that controllers rely on underlying airspace structure to reduce the complexity of the planning and conformance monitoring tasks. The structure appears to influence the controller’s working mental model through abstractions that reduce the apparent cognitive complexity. These structure-based abstractions are useful for the controller’s key tasks of planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating tactical situations. In addition, the structure-based abstractions appear to be important in the maintenance of Situation Awareness. The process of conformance monitoring is analyzed in more detail and an approach to conformance monitoring which utilizes both the structure-based abstractions and intent is presented.
ATM 2002, Capri, Italy – 22-26 September 2002
air traffic control, ATC, controller, air transportation