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Workload perception of Air Traffic Control Officers and Pilots during Continuous Descent Operations approach procedures

Efthymiou, Marina orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-8611-5973, Fichert, Frank and Lantzsch, Olaf (2019) Workload perception of Air Traffic Control Officers and Pilots during Continuous Descent Operations approach procedures. Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors, 9 (1). ISSN 2192-0923

The paper examines the workload perceived by Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCOs) and pilots during Continuous Descent Operations (CDOs), applying closed and open path procedures. CDOs reduce fuel consumption and noise emissions. Therefore, they are supported by airports as well as airlines. However, their use often depends on pilots asking for CDOs and controllers giving approval and directions. An adapted NASA Total Load Index (TLX) was used to measure the workload perception of ATCOs and pilots when applying CDOs at selected European airports. The main finding is that ATCOs' workload increased when giving both closed and open path CDOs which may have a negative impact on their willingness to apply CDOs. The main problem reported by pilots was insufficient 'Distance-to-Go' information provided by ATCOs. The workload change is important when considering the use of CDOs.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:ATCO workload; Pilot workload; NASA TLX; Continuous Descent Operations (CDOs); closed and open path approach
Subjects:Business > Employee attitudes
Business > Workplace stress
DCU Faculties and Centres:UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Hogrefe Publishing
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1027/2192-0923/a000154
Copyright Information:© 2019 Hogrefe Publishing
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:22967
Deposited On:28 Mar 2019 09:36 by Marina Efthymiou . Last Modified 28 Mar 2019 09:36

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