• SJU reference # PJ.10-W2-73 IFAV /Release 10
  • Stakeholders
    ANSP
  • Benefits Cost-efficiency
  • Status In the pipeline

TRAINING A FLEXIBLE, MORE AGILE WORK FORCE TO MANAGE FUTURE NEEDS

This Solution was formerly part of PJ.10-06

Air traffic controllers receive detailed and lengthy training to acquire a specific qualification to become, for example, an area controller or aerodrome controller. They also receive sector validations (unit endorsements), which permit them to control defined volumes of airspace. This restrictive sector validation makes it difficult to introduce new concepts, such as the flexible movement of sector boundaries or airspace changes in response to shifts in traffic flow. Increased flexibility in controller validations (IFAV) refers to the use of advanced tool/information support and harmonisation of ATC procedures that would enable controllers to hold more flexible validation regimes (unit endorsements) both within and across air navigation service providers.

As part of the work, researchers are investigating how validations could be based on a ‘system’ (a set of specific procedures and/or tools support) allowing controllers to provide ATC services based on a sector ‘type’ rather than expert knowledge of a geographically specified volume of airspace as in current operations. The system must enable the controller to gain awareness of, and monitor, sector specific information, emergency situations, traffic levels/complexity and human performance. The result could be more efficient rostering and a reduction in time taken for controllers to train for and maintain validations. Such an approach would also support the roll out of additional SESAR candidate solutions, such as flight-centric ATC and collaborative control; in addition to simplifying controller schedules; harmonising training activities; improving staff usage, and easing staff transition to other units.

BENEFITS

Increased flexibility

Improved cost efficiency

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