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Flight deck robustness/conformance testing with a surface management system: An integrated pilot-controller human-in-the-loop surface operations simulation  (2014)
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An integrated flight deck and controller human-in-the-loop taxi-out operations simulation was conducted in the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) environment. In this first integrated Pilot-Controller Spot and Runway Departure Advisor (SARDA) simulation, ATC Ground and Local Controllers used the SARDA decision support tool to plan and issue spot-release clearances and departure clearances. The Airport and Terminal Area Simulator (ATAS), a simulated B737NG, was integrated into the realistic simulation traffic environment. In the simulation, controllers used SARDA advisories to issue spot release, taxi route, and runway/departure radio voice clearances to all aircraft on the airport surface. Ten commercial transport pilots piloted the ATAS and taxied from gate to runway following ATC clearances. Simulation results indicated that under a variety of observed pilot/aircraft performance variations, SARDA yielded controller advisories that were: Supportive of current-day, time-based operations; Compatible with controllers’ expectations; Predictive of actual takeoff times; and, Adaptable to off-nominal events. An Information Sharing Display (ISD) that presented SARDA sequence and timing information on the flight deck, was considered useful for both NextGen operations and current-day, time-based Traffic Management Initiative (TMI) operations.
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conformance, deck, departure, Flight, human-in-the-loop, integrated, management, NextGen, operations, pilot-controller, robustness, simulation, surface, surface, system, testing, time-based
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HCI-Aero 2014: International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aerospace, Santa Clara, CA, July 2014
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