ATCO blind spots – a matter of perception

15 August 2017

A dangerous phenomenon observed in air traffic control operations is called controller blind spots.

During busy periods with long hours spent in managing busy en route sectors, all it takes to trigger a blind spot is a pilot making an unusual or unexpected request to climb or descend. As a result, the ATCO may not notice an aircraft close nearby when responding to the first one.

Rather than a medical issue, this attention phenomenon experienced by ATCOs is rooted in their perception of time. Our SKYclip delves deeper into this topic and gives some helpful tips. Watch it to learn more!

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