Remote and Virtual Air Traffic Control Tower (RVT): Safety Issues and Human Factors

A number of innovative concepts and emerging technologies are being considered for use within the national air traffic control system to improve safety and efficiency. One of the latest concepts garnering significant attention is commonly referred to as a remote and virtual air traffic control tower (RVT). Specifically, RVT provides traditional air traffic service from a location other than the traditional air traffic control tower at the airport. The focus of the proposed research is to investigate human factor related questions that may significantly affect the performance of air traffic controllers while operating remote towers. The anticipated benefits of this research include: (1) identification of key human performance factors critical to the successful implementation of RVT the U.S.; (2) assessment of advanced communication and information technologies that may facilitate further implementation of RVT; and (3) acceleration of wider adoption of RVT concepts and technologies while addressing the most vital safety and efficiency related issues.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $10000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    University of Iowa, Iowa City

    National Advanced Driving Simulator, 2401 Oakdale Blvd
    Iowa City, IA  United States  52242-5003
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Massachusetts Transportation Center

    University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Amherst, MA  United States  01003
  • Principal Investigators:

    Knodler, Michael

    Plotnikov, Michael

    Pradhan, Anuj K

  • Start Date: 20210601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01772183
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety Research Using Simulation University Transportation Center (SaferSim)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747131
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: May 24 2021 11:42AM