Investigators

Michael A. Knodler, Jr., Ph.D
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Civil Engineering
Anuj K. Pradhan
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Michael Plotnikov, Ph.D
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Civil Engineering

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Remote and Virtual Air Traffic Control Tower (RVT): Safety Issues and Human Factors Considerations

A number of innovative concepts and emerging technologies are being considered for use within the national air traffic control system to improve safety and efficiency. One of the latest concepts garnering significant attention is commonly referred to as a remote and virtual air traffic control tower (RVT). Specifically, RVT provides traditional air traffic service from a location other than the traditional air traffic control tower at the airport.
The focus of the proposed research is to investigate human factor related questions that may significantly affect the performance of air traffic controllers while operating remote towers. The anticipated benefits of this research include: (1) identification of key human performance factors critical to the successful implementation of RVT the U.S.; (2) assessment of advanced communication and information technologies that may facilitate further implementation of RVT; and (3) acceleration of wider adoption of RVT concepts and technologies while addressing the most vital safety and efficiency related issues.