Automation and Systems Issues in Air Traffic Control by V. David Hopkin (auth.), John A. Wise, V. David Hopkin,

By V. David Hopkin (auth.), John A. Wise, V. David Hopkin, Marvin L. Smith (eds.)

In contemporary years, raises within the quantity and alterations within the distribution of air site visitors were very dramatic and are carrying on with. the necessity for adjustments within the present air site visitors platforms is both transparent. whereas automation is mostly permitted as a style of bettering procedure security and function, excessive degrees of automation in complicated human-machine platforms may have a unfavourable influence on overall approach functionality and feature been pointed out as contributing components in lots of injuries and screw ups. these answerable for designing the complicated air site visitors regulate structures to be applied in the course of the alliance throughout the subsequent decade have to be conscious of contemporary growth about the top-rated software of automation and synthetic intelligence in human-computer platforms. This quantity supplies the complaints of the NATO complicated research Institute held in Maratea, Italy, June 18-29, 1990, at which those concerns have been discussed.

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Finally, considering the complexities of the system, the user teams must maintain a high level of proficiency throughout its development. The AAS User Teams are service organizations to the AAS Program Office; thus, the Program Office must manage the interaction between IBM and the Air Traffic organization. The user teams develop the operational and functional requirements and present them first to the Program Office, which assesses their programmatic impact. Requirements that are clearly safety issues are readily incorporated and passed on to IBM which also receives user input in the form of design guidance.

Another complicating factor is the enormous human database storage and retrieval capability necessary to perform the resolution process. The machine speed and capacity required to replicate this capability may be even greater than anticipated. In addition, the human logarithms used to perform this function are not well understood. Recognizing their complexity, the FAA instituted an early evaluation of developing systems. An independent test system will be implemented close to ffiM's development facility.

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