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The effect of part-task and whole-task training on air traffic controller communication complexity
by Arnsdorff, G. Blake, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 76; 10096076
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chiappe, Dan
Commitee: Strybel, Thomas Z., Vu, Kim-Phuong L.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Air traffic control, Communication complexity, Nextgen
Publication Number: 10096076
ISBN: 978-1-339-60213-4
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