ODID IV real-time simulation: Preliminary report
The ODID IV simulation evaluated the HMI aspects of an advanced stripless ATC system. An extensive simulation environment including approach control and lower and upper airspace sectors was used to test a set of conflict detection aids based on through sector aircraft profiles up-dated according to the controller's plan. ODID IV also included a dynamic interactive radar label for notation and data input, STCA, system assisted co-ordination, colour planning states, a flight leg providing conflict information and text windows for advance planning information. By the end of the simulation the majority of controllers had commented that they associated an ATC instruction with a data input and were quite comfortable with the requirement to update the system. They did not consider that this distracted them from their primary task of separating aircraft (provided they are not affected by deteriorating system response times). A series of Industry briefings and short familiarisation exercises for visiting controllers have been conducted using a reduced version of the ODID IV simulation facility. 735 visitors were received by the EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre during the ODID IV simulation and the subsequent ODID IV Bis familiarisation exercises.