One Of The Most Significant ATC Work-Load Reducing Innovations In 60 Years!
Look at the extensive list of benefits that our highly directional beam steered Advanced ILS Antennas provide ATC personnel … enhances operational safety, eliminates taxiway hold line confusion, reduces sequencing challenges, seamlessly transition from VFR to IFR operations, reduces flight delays, reduces the ILS Critical Area, improves airport throughput capacity, reduces pilot confusion, reduces air traffic controller pressures, reduces air traffic congestion near airport, reduces runway occupancy times (ROT), reduces landing and takeoff cycle (LTC), adds no additional workload on ATC personnel, no additional training required, supports ATC personnel retention efforts, enhances ATC recruitment efforts, reduces communication workload for ATC…
In many parts of the world prior to COVID 19, increasing numbers of Air Traffic Control (ATC) personnel were needed to manage the excessive workload brought about by the demand for air travel compounded by inefficient capacity management strategies at major airports. Maybe it is time we examine and address the root causes of the excessive workload in order to reduce safety risks and to make your job less stressful.
We believe that the level of responsibility and the pressures that accompany your position should be reason enough that you should be provided the very best equipment and technology. As often is the case, policy prevented this from happening and the burdens of your job in many instances became more challenging than ever. Let’s look at why this may still be the case again after COVID 19 and what can be done about it.
To Simplify ATC Operations You Must First Simplify The Airport Environment
For several decades, the hope was to develop modern technologies such as GPS that could simplify airport environments by replacing “legacy” aviation technologies that were limiting airport throughput capacity and efficiency. A conscious decision was made by some to concentrate research & development (R&D) funding on newer technologies at the expense of legacy technology R&D. Throughout that time, it had been a repeated promise that these new technologies were going to “simplify” your ATC responsibilities. However, because the onslaught of minor changes designed to simplify your job did not address the major issues, there has been little workload improvement for ATC.
The leading cause of the issue limiting airport efficiency originates on the ground, not in the air. Simply put, airports are attempting to use limited capacity ILS Antenna systems in large demand environments. These antenna systems cannot keep up with air traffic at busy airports and the resulting delays ripple out causing congestion and delays at many other airports often to the point of stressing large segments of airspace systems. Meteorological conditions also play a large part in airspace congestion and frequently increase the workload on ATC causing delays and cancellations of flights that can affect large segments of airspace systems.
After decades of limited improvements to airport efficiency and capacity, leaders in the industry understand that they have been overly optimistic about the reliability of satellite based aviation technology while underestimating it’s vulnerabilities. Meanwhile, there seems to be fewer numbers of people who qualify for ATC positions that are attracted to the highly stressful responsibilities of your job. Furthermore, retention levels for ATC employees under present circumstances remain low in many parts of the world. This will likely not change until the circumstances change especially as drone and UAV technologies join in the mix.