The Human Air Traffic Management Role in a Highly Automated Air Traffic System

June 1992
Dr. Gary L. Klein, The MITRE Corporation
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The Advanced Automated En Route Air Traffic Control (AERA) Concepts research program examined the feasibility of applying a high level of automation to integrating aircraft separation assurance and traffic flow management into an air traffic management system for the year 2010 and beyond. As part of this work, the program developed a new concept of human operations and procedures embodied in the role of a traffic manager. This report presents hypotheses regarding the core operational and behavioral tasks of such a traffic manager. In addition, relevant psychological theories and frameworks are presented to provide a foundation for applying the associated psychological research paradigms. Based on these presentations, an outline of areas requiring further research are presented, and a research approach for examining these areas is proposed.

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