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									                                                    ATO-P R&D

                        Human Factors Research and Engineering Group

                                  Human Factors Newsletter # 08- 04

                                 February 9, 2008 – February 22, 2008

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Articles in this newsletter:

   New Electronic Flight Data Interface Designs for Airport Traffic Control Towers: Initial
    Usability Test
   Retirement Announcements
   Technical Operations Human Factors Standardization
   National Airspace System Voice Switch
   National Traffic Management Log
   Display Color
   Calendar

Technical Note:

Truitt, T. R., & Muldoon, R. (2007). New Electronic Flight Data Interface Designs for Airport
Traffic Control Towers: Initial Usability Test (DOT/FAA/TC-07/16). Atlantic City
International Airport, NJ: FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center.

Abstract: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is examining electronic alternatives to
the paper flight progress strips that air traffic controllers currently use in Airport Traffic Control
Towers (ATCTs). FAA researchers have recently developed new concepts and human-computer
interface designs for the management of electronic flight data in ATCTs. The authors of this
report use a part-task simulation to assess the usability of the new Electronic Flight Data
Interface (EFDI) concepts. The authors present objective and subjective data to evaluate (a) the
participants’ ability to learn how to use each EFDI, (b) the participants’ ability to use the EFDIs
as designed with the touch sensitive display, and (c) whether the participants’ performance
changes over a short period of time. This research activity supports the Administrator’s Flight
Plan Goal for Increased Safety, Objective 5: Enhance the safety of FAA’s air traffic systems.
To view this report and others, please point to:
Web Link to the FAA Library Catalog
Point of Contact: T. Truitt, ATO-P R&TD


 Larry Cole recently retired from the FAA. After serving in the US Air Force as an air traffic
    controller, Larry began his FAA career as a controller in the Bridgeport, CN tower on June
    29th, 1973. Other positions included Cape TRACON Massachusetts as a journeyman
    controller and facility training manager, ATC Instructor at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma
    City, TRACON supervisor at Bangor Maine, and Facility Manager at Lebanon Tower, New
    Hampshire. He came to FAA Headquarters in 1992, and served as ATC Human Factors
    Research Program Manager and human factors advisor in the Runway Safety Program. Larry
    then returned to the Human Factors Research and Engineering group and managed a variety
    of Technical Operations and ATC projects. A luncheon to celebrate his retirement is planned
    for 12:00 noon on Tuesday, March 18th at the District Chop House & Brewery (The Vault
    Room), 509 7th Street NW, Washington, DC (1 block from the Verizon Center). We invite
    you to attend. For more information, and to make a reservation, please contact Glen Hewitt,
    202-267-7163, Glen. Hewitt@FAA.Gov .

   Dave Schroeder will retire from the FAA in March. Dr. Schroeder began his FAA career in
    1967 as a psychology technician at the Civil Aeromedical Institute (now Civil Aerospace
    Medical Institute - CAMI) in Oklahoma City. He left the FAA in 1972 to work first in a
    clinic, then several universities, and with the Veteran’s Administration. He returned to
    CAMI in 1980 where he held positions as supervisor of the Clinical Psychology Research
    Unit, manager of the Human Factors Research Laboratory, and manager of the Human
    Resources Research Division. Friends and colleagues will gather to celebrate his retirement
    on Monday, March 3rd from 1:00-3:00 at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center Visitor
    Center, located at S. MacArthur Blvd. and Mike Monroney Blvd in Oklahoma City. For
    more information, please contact Cheryl Scroggins, 405-954-4081,

Technical Operations Human Factors Standardization: Vicki Ahlstrom and Eddie Sierra
participated in a meeting of the Technical Operations (TO) Human Factors Standardization
Team, a group that is composed of representatives from across a broad number of TO domains.
They presented a research proposal to develop an understanding of how new hires are trained to
become Air Traffic Systems Specialists. The ultimate goal of this proposed project is to provide
a framework wherein potential human factors insertion points are highlighted. This framework
will allow the human factors training program to more effectively target areas for research. Ms.
Ahlstrom presented a project overview, including a high-level description of the approach and
motivation for the research. Team members provided many useful suggestions on how best to
meet the project objectives. This research supports the Administrator’s Flight Plan Goal for
Greater Capacity, Objective 1: Increase capacity to meet projected demand. This activity also
supports the Administrator’s Flight Plan Goal for Organizational Excellence, Objective 1:
Make the organization more effective through stronger leadership, increased commitment of
individual workers to fulfill organization-wide goals, and a better prepared, better trained, safer,
diverse workforce. (V. Ahlstrom, ATO-P R&TD)

National Airspace System Voice Switch (NVS): Human factors personnel attended an Initial
Requirements Team (IRT) meeting for the National Airspace System Voice Switch (NVS)
program. NVS will replace voice switches currently used at en route and terminal ATC facilities.

It is also a key technological component of NextGen. The NVS will serve as the primary means
of communication between controllers and pilots until there is widespread adoption of Data
Comm. NVS will have a network-centered architecture that will allow users to access radio and
telephone resources at other facilities when required to meet operational capacity demands or in
response to emergencies. Human factors issues related to the NVS include the design of a user
interface suitable for each ATC domain, and possible effects of the NVS network-centric
architecture on voice communication delays. The IRT reviewed requirements under
development by the NVS program and included subject-matter experts from ATC domains and
other stakeholders. Human factors personnel from ATO-P, ATO-E, and ATO-T are
collaborating on an NVS Human Factors Program Plan that outlines human factors goals for the
program. This plan describes human factors activities that should occur over the next several
years as requirements and specifications become final and a vendor is selected. This research
supports the Administrator’s Flight Plan Goal for Increased Safety, Objective 5: Enhance the
safety of FAA’s air traffic systems. This research also supports the Administrator’s Flight Plan
Goal for Greater Capacity, Objective 1: Increase capacity to meet projected demand. (K.
Allendoerfer, ATO-P R&TD)

National Traffic Management Log (NTML): Human Factors researchers supported the first
phase of Operational Testing for Version 5.01 of the NTML. One of the new capabilities in this
release is Electronic Coordination - an automated means for coordinating traffic flow
restrictions. The researchers worked closely with the user team and developers to ensure that the
new capability provided the information and tools needed to adequately support timely
coordination while maintaining situation awareness. During the test activity, users from the field
exercised the system by completing various operational scenarios using electronic coordination.
User interaction was observed and difficulties experienced in accomplishing tasks were recorded.
The program office will work with developers to address all issues identified during the activity.
Round two of operational testing is schedule for March, 2008. This research supports the
Administrator’s Flight Plan Goal for Greater Capacity, Objective 1: Increase capacity to meet
projected demand. (T. Yuditsky, ATO-P R&TD)

Display Color: CAMI researcher Dr. Nelda Milburn and her team visited Randolph AFB, TX to
measure the colors used in glass cockpit displays in the T1, T6, and T38 aircraft. They were
accompanied by Air Force Major Jamie Broughton. The researchers also met with Dr. Jeff Rabin
and Lt. Col. John Gooch at Brooks Air Force Base to discuss performance of the CONE test,
which is being considered as a color vision screening test for the Air Force. That test and several
other diagnostic and screening tests were administered to participants during the recent
hypoxia/color vision experiment conducted in the CAMI altitude chamber. The research team
traveled to Tyndall, Hurlburt, and Eglin Air Force Bases in Florida, once again accompanied by
Major Broughton, to make color measurements in an F-15 simulator and CV-22, C-130J, and F-
16 aircraft. As part of the research, the team also measured display colors in two separate
American Airlines 777 aircraft and an MD-80. Participants included Dr. Richard L Newman,
Airplane and Crew Interface Branch (ANM-111), Transport Airplane Directorate, Renton, WA,
and Robert Neumeier, Certificate Management Office (CMO – 21), Ft. Worth, TX. We
appreciate the support provided by the Air Force and American Airlines for allowing access to
their aircraft. This research supports the Administrator’s Flight Plan Goal for Increased Safety,

Objectives 1 and 2: Reduce commercial air carrier fatalities; Reduce the number of fatal
accidents in general aviation. (N. Milburn, CAMI)

                More information on human factors research can be found at
           the FAA Human Factors (ATOP-R&D) web site:

Terry Allard
FAA (ATO-P R&TD Human Factors and
 Engineering Group)

Note: Calendar events in Italics are new since the last newsletter

March 2-6, 2008 – IATA World Cargo Symposium, Rome, Italy

March 4, 2008 – FAA Budgetary Briefing to Industry, Wash, DC

March 5-6, 2008 – Avionics 2008, Amsterdam, Netherlands

March 6, 2008 – NEXTOR (National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations
Research Symposium, FAA Auditorium, Wash, DC

March 6-8, 2008 – 7th Work, Stress and Health Conference, Wash, DC

March 8-12, 2008 – IEEE Virtual Realtiy 2008, Reno, NV

March 10-11, 2008 – 33rd Annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference, Walter E. Washington
Convention Center, Wash, DC

March 10-12, 2008 – Flight Safety Foundation 20th Annual European Aviation Safety Seminar,
Bucharest, Romania

March 10-13, 2008 – NBAA 35th Annual International Operators Conference, San Antonio, TX

March 10-13, 2008 - Applied Ergonomics Conference and Expo 2008, Rosen Centre Hotel,
Orlando, Florida.

March 11-13, 2008 – ATC Global, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
March 12-15, 2008 - 3rd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.,
March 12-15, 2008 - 23rd Annual National Test and Evaluation Conference, Westin Resort,
Hilton Head, S.C.

March 13-15, 2008 – ARSA 2008 Annual Repair Symposium, Crystal City, VA

March 13-15, 2008 – Women in Aviation International 19th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA

March 16-18, 2008 – Air Cargo 2008, Orlando, FL

March 17-18, 2008 - Human Factors for Aviation Managers and Technicians Workshop, Miami,

March 17-19, 2008 - 3rd IASTED International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
(IASTED-HCI 2008), Innsbruck, Austria.

March 17-20, 2008 – NATA FBO Leadership Conference, Dallas, TX

March 18-20, 2008 – PAMA Aviation Maintenance Symposium and Aviation Industry
Exposition, Dallas, TX

March 18-20, 2008 – Aviation Industry Expo, Dallas, TX

March 19-21, 2008 - ODAM 2008, Sao Paulo, Brazil.,

March 26-27, 2008 – ACI-NA Air Cargo Symposium, Los Angeles, CA

March 31-April 2, 2008 – SAFE Europe 15th Annual Symposium

March 31-April 2, 2008 – CHC Helicopter Safety and Quality Summit, Vancouver, BC, Canada

April 1-2, 2008 – IATA “Wings of Change,” Santiago, Chile

April 3, 2008 - 2008 Florida Student Conference for Human Factors and Applied Psychology,
Daytona Beach, FL.

April 5-10, 2008 – CHI 2008, Florence, Italy

April 6-8, 2008 – ATEC, Las Vegas, NV

April 7-10, 2008 - 49th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and
Materials Conference 16th AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference 10th AIAA Non-
Deterministic Approaches Conference 9th AIAA Gossamer Spacecraft Forum 4th AIAA
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Specialist Conference, Renaissance Hotel and
Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL

April 8-10, 2008 – Airport Expo 2008, Las Vegas, NV

April 8-11, 2008 - 8th International Symposium of the Australian Aviation Psychology
Association, Sydney, Australia

April 8-14, 2008 – Sun ‘n Fun, Lakeland, FL

April 13-18, 2008 – 17th Simulation Interoperability Workshop/Behavior Representation in
Modeling& Simulation, Westin Hotel, Providence, RI

April 14-17, 2008 – SAE World Congress, Detroit, MI

April 14-17, 2008 – AMC 2008, 59th Annual Meeting, Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills, OK

April 14-17, 2008 - 17th Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation
(BRIMS), Providence, RI.

April 14-18, 2008 – DoD Enterprise Architecture, The Florida Hotel and Conference Center,
Orlando, FL

April 15-17, 2008 – 2008 MRO Conference and Exhibition, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

April 15-17, 2008 – Maintenance Management Conference, Daytona, FL

April 15-17, 2008 – Aerospace Testing Europe, Munich, Germany

April 22-23, 2008 – IATA Aviation and Environment Summit 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

April 22-24, 2008 –World and Regional Aviation Training Conference & Tradeshow, Orlando,

April 22-May 1, 2008 – Aviation Safety Management Systems and Safety Program Manager
Course, Oklahoma City, OK

April 23-26, 2008 – Aircraft Electronics Association Convention, Wash, DC

April 28 – May 1, 2008 - 15th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and
Technologies Conference, Dayton, OH

April 29-31, 2008 – 53rd NBAA Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar, Palm Harbor, FL

April 29-May 1, 2008 – Flight Safety Foundation 53rd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety
Seminar, Palm Harbor, FL

April 29 – May 1, 2008 – AHS Forum 64, Montreal, Canada

May 5-8, 2008 – 2008 JSEM Conference & Exhibition, Colorado Convention Centre, Denver,

May 5-8, 2008 – Regional Airline Association Annual Convention, Indianapolis, IN

May 5-8, 2008 – DoD HFE TAG Meeting, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa, Destin,

May 6-8, 2008 – CAD/PAD Technical Exchange Workshop

May 8-9, 2008 – Helicopter Safety Forum, Dallas, TX

May 12-14, 2008 – EBACE, Geneva, Swtizerland

May 13-14, 2008 – Inside Aerospace—An International Forum for Aviation and Space Leaders,
Arlington, VA

May 9-14, 2008 – Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, Grande Hotel, Naples, FL

May 11-15, 2008 - 79th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association,
Boston, MA

May 12-15, 2008 – Aerospace Medical Association Aviation Physiology/Human Factors
Seminar, Boston, MA

May 20-22, 2008 - 8th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE
2008), Geneva, Switzerland

May 27-28, 2008 – Shared Vision of Aviation Safety Conference, San Diego, CA

May 27-31, 2008 – 10th International Conference on Application of Advanced Technologies in
Transportation, Athens, Greece

May 28-29, 2008 - Human Factors and NextGen: The Future of Aviation, University of Texas at
Arlington, Arlington, Texas

June 1-4, 2008 – Third International Conference on Research in Air Transportation, Fairfax, VA . NOTE: Papers are due January 31, 2008.

June 9-12, 2008 - AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2008, San Diego Convention
Center, San Diego, CA

June 10, 2008 – ATCA Spring Scholarship Golf Tournament, Atlantic City, NJ

June 10, 2008 – ATCA/FAA/NASA Technical Symposium, Atlantic City, NJ

June 16-20, 2008 – UPA 2008: Experiencing Holistic Usability, Baltimore. MD

June 19-20, 2008 – Safety Survey in ATM Workshop, IANS, Luxembourg

June 20-25, 2008 – Third International Conference on Cognitive Science, Moscow, Russia

June 21-25, 2008 – ASHRAE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT

June 29 – July 2, 2008 - XVIII World Congress of Safety and Health at Work, Seoul, Korea.

July 7-11, 2008 – 56th International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine, Bangkok,

July 14-17, 2008 – 2nd International Conference on Applied Ergonomics, Las Vegas, NV

July 14-20, 2008 – Farnborough Air Show,

July 15-19, 2008 – INCOSE 2008, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

July 20-25, 2008 – 29th International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany

July 28-August 3, 2008 – EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, WI

August 5-9, 2008 - North American Congress on Biomechanics, Ann Arbor, MI.
August 6-9, 2008 – The Ninety-Nines Annual Conference, Anchorage, AK http://www.ninety-

August 11-14, 2008 – SAE G-10, San Diego, CA

August 11-15, 2008 –SIG-GRAPH 2008, 35th International Conference on Computer Graphics
and Interactive Techniques, Los Angeles Convention Center, CA

August 14-17, 2008 – American Psychological Association Convention, Boston, MA

August 18-21, 2008 - AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit,
Honolulu, HI

August 18-21, 2008 – SAE Aviation Technology Conference, Century II Convention Center,
Wichita, KS

August 19-21, 2008 – PAMA 2008 Aviation Maintenance Conference, Century II
Convention Center, Wichita, KS

August 19-21, 2008 – Wichita Aviation Technology Conference, Wichita, KS

August 31 – September 4, 2008 – 4th International Conference on Traffic and Transport

September 10-12, 2008 - 12th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization
Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

September 14-18, 2008 - The 26th Congress of the International Council of Aeronautical
Sciences including the 8th AIAA Aircraft Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference,
Egan Convention Center, Anchorage, AK

September 15-18, 2008 - FSEMC - Improving Flight Simulator Engineering and Maintenance,
Hilton Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT

September 16-18, 2008 – Asia/Pacific Aviation Training Symposium, Bangkok, Thailand

September 21-24, 2008 – Airports Council International Congress, Boston, MA

September 22-26, 2008 – Human Factors & Ergonomics Society 52nd Annual Meeting, New
York, NY

September 23, 2008 – Association for Aviation Psychology Annual Meeting, New York, NY

September 23-26, 2008 – FIATA World Congress, Vancouver, Canada

October 1-3, 2008 - International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aeronautics,
Toulouse, France

October 1-4, 2008 – Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Fall Meeting, Renaissance Grand
Hotel, St. Louis, MO

October 1-5, 2008 - Society for Physiology Research 48th Annual Meeting, Austin, TX

October 1-5, 2008 – Japan International Aerospace Exposition, Tokyo, Japan

October 6-8, 2008 – NBAA 61st Annual Meeting and Convention, Orlando, FL

October 14-16, 2008 - SSTI 12th Annual Conference on Innovation, Cleveland, OH

October 14-16, 2008 – Helitech 2008, Portugal

October 15-18, 2008 - University Aviation Association Conference, Denver, CO

October 20-23, 2008 – NDIA 11th Annual Systems Engineering Conference, Hyatt Regency
Islandia, San Diego, CA

October 20-23, 2008 - AEEC - Engineering Standards for Avionics and Cabin Systems,
Marriott Southern Hills, Tulsa, OK

October 27-30, 2008 – DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition, Denver, CO

October 27-30, 2008 – Flight Safety Foundation 61st Annual International Air Safety Seminar,
Honolulu, HI

October 27-30, 2008 – 46th Annual SAFE Symposium,

November 2-5, 2008 – ATCA 53rd Annual Conference & Exposition, Wash., DC

November 4-6, 2008 – ACF 2008, Kuala Lumpur

November 6-8, 2008 - AOPA Expo, San Jose, CA

November 15-17, 2008 – Annual Meeting, Society for Judgment and Decision Making,
Chicago, IL

January 5-8, 2009 - 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including The New Horizons
Forum and Aerospace Exposition, Orlando, FL

January 11-15, 2009 – TRB 88th Annual Meeting, Wash, DC

February 22-24, 2009 – HeliExpo 2009, Anaheim, CA

May 3-7, 2009 – 80th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association, Los
Angeles, CA

May 27-29, 2009 - AHS 65th Annual Forum and Technology Display, Gaylord Texan Resort ,
Grapevine, Texas

August 10-13, 2009 – AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2009, Wash, DC

September 22-24, 2009 – Helitech 2009, Cambridge, United Kingdom

October 20-22, 2009 - NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention, Orlando, FL

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