Modernization of the National Airspace System depends critically on the development of advanced technology, including cutting-edge automation, controller decision-support tools and integrated on-demand information. The Next Generation Air Transportation System national plan envisions air traffic control tower automation that proposes solutions for seven problems: 1) departure metering, 2) taxi routing, 3) taxi and runway scheduling, 4) departure runway assignments, 5) departure flow management, 6) integrated arrival and departure scheduling and 7) runway configuration management. Government, academia and industry are simultaneously pursuing the development of these capabilities. For each capability, the development process typically begins by assessing its potential benefits, and then progresses to designing preliminary versions of the tool, followed by testing the tool’s strengths and weaknesses using computational modeling, human-in-the-loop simulation and/or field tests. We compiled research studies of the tools, assessed the methodological rigor of the studies and served as referee for partisan conclusions that were sometimes overly optimistic. Here we provide the results of this review.
Beard, B. L.,
Johnston, J. C.,
& Holbrook, J.
(2013). NextGen Operational Improvements: Will They Improve Human Performance. 17th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 159-164.