Optimization of Air Traffic Control Training at the Federal Aviation Administration Academy
AbstractThis paper investigates current and future uses of simulation in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Academy’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) training program to identify potential improvement areas in the areas of simulation technologies and course content. Once identified, recommendations for changes to the current training program are made. A literature review of the current training techniques used at the FAA Academy and training centers was conducted. In addition, interviews were held and surveys were distributed to collect data regarding a variety of ATC training interest areas, such as virtual reality, current maintenance schedules, and simulator features. Finally, a cost-benefit analysis was conducted to determine the potential improvement areas with the highest feasibility for implementation and the highest potential to reduce training costs and/or time. The primary findings of this research revealed three feasible improvement areas to the current training process and simulation technologies: (1) reducing the dependence on instructors during simulation training, (2) utilizing web-based training methods, and (3) updating current simulator systems to include new features, such as recording and playback features. These changes were recommended to be implemented first, with voice recognition and virtual reality improvement areas being recommended as priority focus areas for future studies and/or implementation. View Full-Text
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Updegrove, J.A.; Jafer, S. Optimization of Air Traffic Control Training at the Federal Aviation Administration Academy. Aerospace 2017, 4, 50.
Updegrove JA, Jafer S. Optimization of Air Traffic Control Training at the Federal Aviation Administration Academy. Aerospace. 2017; 4(4):50.Chicago/Turabian Style
Updegrove, Jessica A.; Jafer, Shafagh. 2017. "Optimization of Air Traffic Control Training at the Federal Aviation Administration Academy." Aerospace 4, no. 4: 50.