Allocation is a challenge for higher levels of automation in air traffic control, where fights can be dynamically assigned to either a human or an automated agent. Through an exploratory experiment with six professional air traffic controllers, insight was gained into the possibilities and challenges of human-automation teamwork in an en-route environment. Participants showed high levels of automation trust, but mostly ignored automation-suggested allocations, preferring a highly automated sector instead. Most fights were delegated to automation, after they were given a direct and conflict-free path. Flights handled manually were those requiring level changes or non-standard routing. Future research should focus on establishing specifically which fights can be automated
de Rooij, G.,
van Paassen, M. M.,
& Mulder, M.
(2021). Flight Allocation in Shared Human-Automation en-Route Air Traffic Control. 70th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 172-177.