|Topic:||Future of Air Traffic Control: Human Factors and Automation|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Committee on Human Factors
Panel on Human Factors in Air Traffic Control Automation
Tuesday, February 17, 1998
The Future of Air Traffic Control:
Human Operators and Automation
An NRC panel examined a range of automation and modernization plans at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), including free flight and a host of new technologies to help air traffic controllers manage the air space. All are intended to help the agency cope with pressures from an ever-growing number of flights and outdated equipment. The panel's report, The Future of Air Traffic Control: Human Operators and Automation, concluded that current needs and available technology justify automation in some areas, but says that human capacities must be a central consideration.
A congressional briefing for Members and/or Staff only was held on Tuesday, February 17, 1998. The report was publicly released on February 18, 1998 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.