Implementing Electronic Flight Data in Airport Traffic Control Towers

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2005 International Symposium on Aviation Psychology

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Truitt, Todd R., Ph.D.
Medicine and Health Sciences; Other Psychiatry and Psychology; Psychiatry and Psychology
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the potential effects of implementing electronic flight data systems (EFDSs) at Airport Traffic Control Towers (ATCTs). I use existing task analyses, published literature, and recent field observation data to determine the basic functionality of flight progress strips (FPSs) in the ATCT. I identify gaps in the research and formed a general set of principles to guide the design of an EFDS prototype. Given the proper application of principles for design and automation, the EFDS should maintain some of the basic functionality and benefits of the FPSs, reduce workload related to flight data entry, tracking and sharing, and provide new features that will enhance controller performance and encourage use. I present possible risks and outcomes that are likely to accompany an EFDS in FAA ATCTs.