Due to high implementation costs of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) in the near-term, Air Traffic Controllers (ATCos) will have to manage mixed equipped airspace. Previous studies have evaluated different methods for training ATCos to use current-day tools and NextGen tools. More specifically, recent studies investigated how ATCo performance, workload, and situation awareness were affected by part-task and whole-task training. The current study builds on this research by examining ATCos' communication complexity as a function of these training types. Communication complexity is related to the number of commands ATCos incorporate in a single transmission, and it has been cited as a major contributor to incidents in aviation. The main finding of this investigation indicated that the largest differences in communication complexity between training groups occurred during the 100% NextGen equipped scenarios, with the whole-task group transmitting more complex communications than the part-task group.
|Commitee:||Strybel, Thomas Z., Vu, Kim-Phuong L.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Air traffic control, Communication complexity, Nextgen|
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