The Air Traffic Kludge (Paperback)

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The Air Traffic Kludge (Paperback)

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The current Air traffic system is a 'Kludge' - an unplanned accumulation of expedients. Tools and equipment have been adopted and adapted from other systems with no strategic oversight. It works, and is safe, but no one really knows how safe it is, where it is weak or how it can be improved. This book describes the current system, showing some of its weak points. It sketches the process of defining a revised system. It begins by looking at the system, considering its history, current state and possible future development, considering what it should or should not do. It then considers different types of large systems, from anarchy to total automation, before suggesting that a digitally based integrated system is required. It looks at the human contribution to the existing system, looks at traditional and modern equipment. It looks at the general principles of human-machine systems, examines the data involved, and the actions required of the system, defining the human contribution. It then examines how the human controller should interface with the system, using dynamic direct interactions, and specific displays for possible emergencies. It describes initial evaluations of a revised interface and suggests others. It sketches how individual operators should form teams and how centres should be organised. It ends with conclusions and recommendations for a deeper analysis and implementation of a revised system. The product of 32 years of practical study of Air traffic Control and a further ten years of deeper analysis, this book points the way to a cheaper, safer and more humane system.
Hugh David was awarded his Ph. D. in 1970 by Loughborough University for a thesis on the ability of air traffic controllers to pre-dict potential conflicts. From 1970 to 2002 he worked at the Eurocontrol Experimental Centre, studying Air Traffic Controllers and Air Traffic Control by methods ranging from neurophysiology to social anthropology. He became a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Expert on the foundation of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors in 2015. He spent much of this time involved with the development, measurement, running and analysis of large-scale Real-Time sim-ulations, acquiring practical experience and expertise not available in published form. This is now available as a book "Control Room Simulation" from Amazon books. From 2002 he has been studying Air Traffic Control and con-trollers, as well as the complete Air Traffic system. He has now completed a 'skeleton' re-design of the Air traffic system, applying systematic design to the complete system, to provide an efficient, satisfying system using existing technology in a planned fashion, rather than the present collection of ad-hoc expedients. This analysis is now available as this book "The Air Traffic Kludge" from Amazon Books. Selected papers, bibliography and CV are available at the website "Hughdavid.com". He is accessible at Hughdavid4@aol.com.
Product Details ISBN: 9781979713085
ISBN-10: 1979713081
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2018
Pages: 172
Language: English