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Aerospace 2017, 4(4), 50; doi:10.3390/aerospace4040050

Optimization of Air Traffic Control Training at the Federal Aviation Administration Academy

Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 600 S Clyde Morris Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900, USA
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Received: 23 September 2017 / Revised: 15 October 2017 / Accepted: 25 October 2017 / Published: 28 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Air Transportation—Operations and Management)
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This 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
Keywords: air traffic control; training; FAA Academy; optimization; literature review; cost-benefit analysis air traffic control; training; FAA Academy; optimization; literature review; cost-benefit analysis
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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.

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