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Air Traffic Management. Procedures for. Air Navigation Services. This edition incorporates all amendments approved by the Council prior to 2 June Operational controllers are expected to have a detailed knowledge of Sections 1 and 5, together with the same degree of knowledge of those Sections. Lecture notes from many of the class sessions are presented here. Introductory Slides (PDF - MB). Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance (PDF -

Understanding the underlying perceptual extrapolated, which is a relatively easy task for and cognitive mechanisms is therefore necessary in straight and constant courses. Whether and when the order to identify the human limitations in conflict aircraft will collide also need to be predicted, which 1 Aircraft A Xu, X. Thus, there seem to be two additional predictive components involved in the above scenario.

For this kind of prediction, the controller needs to judge There are also several strategies with which to which aircraft will reach the extrapolated intersection perform the PM task. The time at which an aircraft point first.

As long as it is determined that one will will arrive at a point in space, assuming a level, reach that point first, there will be no further straight, and constant speed flight, is specified by the prediction required i.

Therefore, as one are concerned. Figure 1. Two aircraft flying at the same altitude on straight converging courses at constant velocities.

Let dA and dB denote the retinal distances corresponding to the actual distances to be traveled However, if the two aircraft are predicted to arrive at by Aircraft A and B, DA and DB, respectively.

For a two TTC. This type of task is termed prediction-motion dimensional ATC radar display that is parallel or PM task Tresilian, ; The RJ and the nearly parallel to the retina surface, it is easy to prove PR tasks are linked in the following way. That is, conclusion i. However, if the RJ result the two aircraft, the TTC with the projected point of indicates that safe separation will exist, then the intersection, based on the retina distance to the retina controller will not need to estimate the TTC.

Task performance strategies. The RJ task can be Alternative to the distance divided by velocity performed using several strategies. For instance, if strategy, the controller could possibly use the so- the interior angles formed by the line connecting the called tau strategy i.

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This cannot possibly be useful same time in the future. If, when the two aircraft will collide, if the images of the however, the interior angles are perceived to have aircraft are moving in 2-D space as is the case on a changed over time, then it can be deemed that the plan-view ATC radar display.

Note that the aircraft involved will not collide with each other. In expansion rate, if it is present at all, will be very some special cases, the controller does not need to small. What are needed are not the expansion rates rely on these methods to perform the RJ task.

For of the images themselves but the size of the gap example, when two aircraft are perceived to be at the between the images of the two aircraft and the same distance to the intersection point and flying at shrinkage rate of this gap. Also note that it is not the same velocity, the controller will know that they necessary to compute the distance between the two will be at the intersection point at the same time.

In images; the visual angle subtended by the gap other words, the controller can take cognitive between the two images is sufficient. According to this prediction in ATC. Errors tasks both in 3-D egocentric and 2-D exocentric in the estimated TTC are due to inaccuracy of the paradigms.

For the 3-D egocentric stimulation cognitive model. Briefly, the following result implicit , whereas the latter two involve an explicit pattern, among others, emerged in experiments temporal representation of the motion, where spatial involving the 3-D egocentric display.

Although there are quite a few empirical studies that addressed prediction in ATC e. The and timeliness measured by response time ; no task for the subjects was to indicate which of the two studies have been found to address performance on targets would reach its contact point first.

The detection accuracy and the response subjects generally made the correct choices i.

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When it comes result showing that subjects were biased toward using to Level 3 SA, Endsley et al. Remington et al. A typical experiment paradigm for the former following way: When the velocity ratio was , it is that a target is moving from A to B along a straight was straightforward that the object closer to the line at a constant speed for some predetermined contact point would reach the contact point first interval and then is occluded, and the subject is asked based solely on the distance information, and the task to indicate when the target is estimated to pass a third became easier as the ADT increased.

In the point, C. The independent variables manipulated in differential velocity ratio conditions, however, good this paradigm include the distance or time for which performance must be based on both the distance and the target is seen the viewing interval: A-B and for the velocity information, which was a more complex which it is not seen the occluded interval: B-C , the situation due to the multiple-dimensional nature of velocity at which the target moves, and the strategies the task, leading to decrement in performance.

The available to the subject for predicting the target future decreased performance in the differential ratio position e. There are also different dependent not processed with ease or rather it was not integrated variables measured and analyzed in this research with the distance information for the distance divided paradigm. Some analyzed prediction time error or by velocity strategy. The earlier in this paper see Figure 1 when judging major findings are: which object would reach the contact point first.

It should be noted that it is errors.

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Although Law et al. Used properly, these conflict detection task in ATC and thus deserves a methods could simplify the relative arrival-time task, more detailed review.

These might be the only making the multiple-object task easier than the studies in which absolute arrival times or TTC were single-object task, although Law et al. Kimball examined how the latter. Again, as in estimation of two moving objects. The two targets the case of RJ studies, there are numerous studies on simulated by two rows of lights flashing in a serial PM performance in the 3-D paradigm; however, order were perceived to be moving at equal since they are less relevant to the ATC display, they velocities.

The literature of the 2-D paradigm further switch to indicate when they thought the objects consists of two sub-categories. One is mostly would intersect. With Kimball et al. One major and relative TTC, control condition e.

Possible dependent approaching a common point at equal velocities on a variables can be judgment accuracy and response given trial but varied velocities across trials , time for RJ, and TTC estimate accuracy and response whereas for the former the two targets were moving time for PM.

It is also necessary to examine the at different velocities. Therefore, the subject needed types of strategies or methods the controller would to press two switches, one for the intersection time use to perform the conflict detection task.

For estimations of the horizontal target and the other for instance, whether the controller relies on the the vertical target vector. The following are the distance-to-velocity ratio or the tau method or the major findings: CME strategy has important implications for performance of concurrent tasks.

Is this also true in ATC? Failure in this respect can result in to-velocity ratio or the tau methods differentially? Aircraft or vehicles without radios must respond to ATC instructions via aviation light signals or else be led by vehicles with radios.

People working on the airport surface normally have a communications link through which they can communicate with ground control, commonly either by handheld radio or even cell phone.

Ground control is vital to the smooth operation of the airport, because this position impacts the sequencing of departure aircraft, affecting the safety and efficiency of the airport's operation.

These are used by ground control as an additional tool to control ground traffic, particularly at night or in poor visibility. There are a wide range of capabilities on these systems as they are being modernized.

Older systems will display a map of the airport and the target. Newer systems include the capability to display higher quality mapping, radar target, data blocks, and safety alerts, and to interface with other systems such as digital flight strips.

Air control known to pilots as "tower" or "tower control" is responsible for the active runway surfaces. Air control clears aircraft for takeoff or landing, ensuring that prescribed runway separation will exist at all times.

If the air controller detects any unsafe conditions, a landing aircraft may be instructed to " go-around " and be re-sequenced into the landing pattern. This re-sequencing will depend on the type of flight and may be handled by the air controller, approach or terminal area controller.

Within the tower, a highly disciplined communications process between air control and ground control is an absolute necessity. Air control must ensure that ground control is aware of any operations that will impact the taxiways, and work with the approach radar controllers to create "gaps" in the arrival traffic to allow taxiing traffic to cross runways and to allow departing aircraft to take off.

Ground control need to keep the air controllers aware of the traffic flow towards their runways in order to maximise runway utilisation through effective approach spacing. Crew resource management CRM procedures are often used to ensure this communication process is efficient and clear. Clearance delivery is the position that issues route clearances to aircraft, typically before they commence taxiing. These clearances contain details of the route that the aircraft is expected to fly after departure.

Clearance delivery or, at busy airports, Ground Movement Planner GMP or Traffic Management Coordinator TMC will, if necessary, coordinate with the relevant radar centre or flow control unit to obtain releases for aircraft.

At busy airports, these releases are often automatic and are controlled by local agreements allowing "free-flow" departures. When weather or extremely high demand for a certain airport or airspace becomes a factor, there may be ground "stops" or "slot delays" or re-routes may be necessary to ensure the system does not get overloaded. The primary responsibility of clearance delivery is to ensure that the aircraft have the correct aerodrome information, such as weather and airport conditions, the correct route after departure and time restrictions relating to that flight.

This information is also coordinated with the relevant radar centre or flow control unit and ground control in order to ensure that the aircraft reaches the runway in time to meet the time restriction provided by the relevant unit.

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At some airports, clearance delivery also plans aircraft push-backs and engine starts, in which case it is known as the Ground Movement Planner GMP: Flight data which is routinely combined with clearance delivery is the position that is responsible for ensuring that both controllers and pilots have the most current information: Flight data may inform the pilots using a recorded continuous loop on a specific frequency known as the automatic terminal information service ATIS. Many airports have a radar control facility that is associated with the airport.

In most countries, this is referred to as terminal control ; in the U. Where there are many busy airports close together, one consolidated terminal control center may service all the airports. The airspace boundaries and altitudes assigned to a terminal control center, which vary widely from airport to airport, are based on factors such as traffic flows, neighboring airports and terrain.

Terminal controllers are responsible for providing all ATC services within their airspace. Traffic flow is broadly divided into departures, arrivals, and overflights. As aircraft move in and out of the terminal airspace, they are handed off to the next appropriate control facility a control tower, an en-route control facility, or a bordering terminal or approach control. Terminal control is responsible for ensuring that aircraft are at an appropriate altitude when they are handed off, and that aircraft arrive at a suitable rate for landing.

Not all airports have a radar approach or terminal control available. In this case, the en-route center or a neighboring terminal or approach control may co-ordinate directly with the tower on the airport and vector inbound aircraft to a position from where they can land visually. At some of these airports, the tower may provide a non-radar procedural approach service to arriving aircraft handed over from a radar unit before they are visual to land. Some units also have a dedicated approach unit which can provide the procedural approach service either all the time or for any periods of radar outage for any reason.

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ATC provides services to aircraft in flight between airports as well. Pilots fly under one of two sets of rules for separation: Air traffic controllers have different responsibilities to aircraft operating under the different sets of rules. While IFR flights are under positive control, in the US VFR pilots can request flight following, which provides traffic advisory services on a time permitting basis and may also provide assistance in avoiding areas of weather and flight restrictions.

Across Europe, pilots may request for a " Flight Information Service ", which is similar to flight following.

In the UK it is known as a "traffic service". En-route air traffic controllers issue clearances and instructions for airborne aircraft, and pilots are required to comply with these instructions. En-route controllers also provide air traffic control services to many smaller airports around the country, including clearance off of the ground and clearance for approach to an airport.

Controllers adhere to a set of separation standards that define the minimum distance allowed between aircraft. These distances vary depending on the equipment and procedures used in providing ATC services.

En-route air traffic controllers work in facilities called air traffic control centers, each of which is commonly referred to as a "center". Each center is responsible for many thousands of square miles of airspace known as a flight information region and for the airports within that airspace.

Centers control IFR aircraft from the time they depart from an airport or terminal area's airspace to the time they arrive at another airport or terminal area's airspace. These aircraft must, however, remain VFR until the center provides a clearance. Center controllers are responsible for issuing instructions to pilots to climb their aircraft to their assigned altitude while, at the same time, ensuring that the aircraft is properly separated from all other aircraft in the immediate area.

Additionally, the aircraft must be placed in a flow consistent with the aircraft's route of flight. This effort is complicated by crossing traffic, severe weather, special missions that require large airspace allocations, and traffic density.

When the aircraft approaches its destination, the center is responsible for issuing instructions to pilots so that they will meet altitude restrictions by specific points, as well as providing many destination airports with a traffic flow, which prohibits all of the arrivals being "bunched together".

These "flow restrictions" often begin in the middle of the route, as controllers will position aircraft landing in the same destination so that when the aircraft are close to their destination they are sequenced. As an aircraft reaches the boundary of a center's control area it is "handed off" or "handed over" to the next Area Control Center.

In some cases this "hand-off" process involves a transfer of identification and details between controllers so that air traffic control services can be provided in a seamless manner; in other cases local agreements may allow "silent handovers" such that the receiving center does not require any co-ordination if traffic is presented in an agreed manner.

After the hand-off, the aircraft is given a frequency change and begins talking to the next controller. This process continues until the aircraft is handed off to a terminal controller "approach". They may also use TRACON radar data to control when it provides a better "picture" of the traffic or when it can fill in a portion of the area not covered by the long range radar. A center may require numerous radar systems to cover the airspace assigned to them, and may also rely on pilot position reports from aircraft flying below the floor of radar coverage.

This results in a large amount of data being available to the controller. To address this, automation systems have been designed that consolidate the radar data for the controller. This consolidation includes eliminating duplicate radar returns, ensuring the best radar for each geographical area is providing the data, and displaying the data in an effective format.

Centers also exercise control over traffic travelling over the world's ocean areas. These areas are also flight information regions FIRs. Because there are no radar systems available for oceanic control, oceanic controllers provide ATC services using procedural control. These procedures use aircraft position reports, time, altitude, distance, and speed to ensure separation.

Controllers record information on flight progress strips and in specially developed oceanic computer systems as aircraft report positions. This process requires that aircraft be separated by greater distances, which reduces the overall capacity for any given route. See for example the North Atlantic Track system. Some air navigation service providers e. Federal Aviation Administration, Nav Canada , etc.

This new technology reverses the radar concept. Instead of radar "finding" a target by interrogating the transponder, the ADS-equipped aircraft sends a position report as determined by the navigation equipment on board the aircraft. Normally, ADS operates in the "contract" mode where the aircraft reports a position, automatically or initiated by the pilot, based on a predetermined time interval.

It is also possible for controllers to request more frequent reports to more quickly establish aircraft position for specific reasons. However, since the cost for each report is charged by the ADS service providers to the company operating the aircraft, [ disputed — discuss ] more frequent reports are not commonly requested except in emergency situations.

ADS is significant because it can be used where it is not possible to locate the infrastructure for a radar system e. Computerized radar displays are now being designed to accept ADS inputs as part of the display. This technology is currently used in portions of the North Atlantic and the Pacific by a variety of states who share responsibility for the control of this airspace. Precision approach radars PAR are commonly used by military controllers of air forces of several countries, to assist the pilot in final phases of landing in places where instrument landing system and other sophisticated airborne equipment are unavailable to assist the pilots in marginal or near zero visibility conditions.

This procedure is also called talkdowns. A radar archive system RAS keeps an electronic record of all radar information, preserving it for a few weeks. This information can be useful for search and rescue. When an aircraft has 'disappeared' from radar screens, a controller can review the last radar returns from the aircraft to determine its likely position. For example, see this crash report.

The mapping of flights in real-time is based on the air traffic control system. In , data on the location of aircraft was made available by the Federal Aviation Administration to the airline industry.

Subsequently, NBAA advocated the broad-scale dissemination of air traffic data. Each company maintains a website that provides free updated information to the public on flight status. Stand-alone programs are also available for displaying the geographic location of airborne IFR instrument flight rules air traffic anywhere in the FAA air traffic system. Positions are reported for both commercial and general aviation traffic.

The day-to-day problems faced by the air traffic control system are primarily related to the volume of air traffic demand placed on the system and weather.

Several factors dictate the amount of traffic that can land at an airport in a given amount of time. Each landing aircraft must touch down, slow, and exit the runway before the next crosses the approach end of the runway. This process requires at least one and up to four minutes for each aircraft. Allowing for departures between arrivals, each runway can thus handle about 30 arrivals per hour.

A large airport with two arrival runways can handle about 60 arrivals per hour in good weather. Problems begin when airlines schedule more arrivals into an airport than can be physically handled, or when delays elsewhere cause groups of aircraft — that would otherwise be separated in time — to arrive simultaneously.

Aircraft must then be delayed in the air by holding over specified locations until they may be safely sequenced to the runway. Up until the s, holding, which has significant environmental and cost implications, was a routine occurrence at many airports. Advances in computers now allow the sequencing of planes hours in advance. Thus, planes may be delayed before they even take off by being given a "slot" , or may reduce speed in flight and proceed more slowly thus significantly reducing the amount of holding.

Air traffic control errors occur when the separation either vertical or horizontal between airborne aircraft falls below the minimum prescribed separation set for the domestic United States by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

Separation minimums for terminal control areas TCAs around airports are lower than en-route standards. Errors generally occur during periods following times of intense activity, when controllers tend to relax and overlook the presence of traffic and conditions that lead to loss of minimum separation.

Beyond runway capacity issues, the weather is a major factor in traffic capacity. Rain, ice , snow or hail on the runway cause landing aircraft to take longer to slow and exit, thus reducing the safe arrival rate and requiring more space between landing aircraft.

Fog also requires a decrease in the landing rate. These, in turn, increase airborne delay for holding aircraft. If more aircraft are scheduled than can be safely and efficiently held in the air, a ground delay program may be established, delaying aircraft on the ground before departure due to conditions at the arrival airport.

In Area Control Centers, a major weather problem is thunderstorms , which present a variety of hazards to aircraft. Aircraft will deviate around storms, reducing the capacity of the en-route system by requiring more space per aircraft or causing congestion as many aircraft try to move through a single hole in a line of thunderstorms.

Occasionally weather considerations cause delays to aircraft prior to their departure as routes are closed by thunderstorms.

Much money has been spent on creating software to streamline this process. However, at some ACCs, air traffic controllers still record data for each flight on strips of paper and personally coordinate their paths. In newer sites, these flight progress strips have been replaced by electronic data presented on computer screens.

As new equipment is brought in, more and more sites are upgrading away from paper flight strips.This re-sequencing will depend on the type of flight and may be handled by the air controller, approach or terminal area controller.

The goal of flight procedure designing is to develop a series of manoeuvres, during departure and approach to land, such that the aircraft is able to follow the most efficient trajectory. Monica, CA.

In the United States, air traffic control developed three divisions. Failure in this respect can result in to-velocity ratio or the tau methods differentially?

Clearance delivery or, at busy airports, Ground Movement Planner GMP or Traffic Management Coordinator TMC will, if necessary, coordinate with the relevant radar centre or flow control unit to obtain releases for aircraft. Finally, we hope that future research on 5 Xu, X. Often the controller needs to when conflict judgments require integrating velocity attain to multiple conflict situations involving with distance information, humans tend to be biased multiple aircraft and perform multiple concurrent towards giving more weight to distance than to tasks such as communications with other aircraft and velocity information Law et al.

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