Todd Truitt, PhD.


Todd Truitt is an engineering research psychologist with the Human Factors Branch. He has conducted research in air traffic control since 1993. As an undergraduate, he majored in psychology at the University of Kansas. He received the B.A. degree with Honors and Distinction in 1991 and he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After teaching community living skills to developmentally disabled adults for two years, Todd entered graduate school at the University of Oklahoma. He received the M.S. degree in experimental and cognitive psychology in 1996 and then completed a one-year internship at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Research, Development, and Human Factors Laboratory. Todd received a Ph.D. in experimental and cognitive psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 1999.

Dr. Truitt’s professional service includes serving as a peer reviewer for the journal Air Traffic Control Quarterly, book reviewer for the Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology, and as a chapter reviewer for the Handbook of Applied Cognition. Although Dr. Truitt primarily conducts applied research, he also has an academic interest in expertise and chess. Dr. Truitt is a private pilot and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Contact Information

Todd Truitt, PhD.
Federal Aviation Administration
William J. Hughes Technical Center, Building 28
Atlantic City International Airport, NJ 08405
Phone: (609) 485-4351
Fax: (609) 485-6218
Todd.Truitt@faa.gov

Publications

Truitt, T. R., Zingale, C. M., & Konkel, A. (2016). UAS Operational Assessment: Visual compliance - Human-in-the-loop simulation to assess how UAS integration in Class C airspace will affect Air Traffic Control Specialists (DOT/FAA/TC-16/11). Atlantic City International Airport, NJ: Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center.

Truitt, T. R., & Sollenberger, R. L. (2015). Integrating UAS Operations in Class C Airspace. In the Proceedings of the 18th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Dayton, OH.

Truitt, T. R. (2013). An empirical study of digital taxi clearances for departure aircraft. Air Traffic Control Quarterly, 21(2), 125-151.

Truitt, T. R. (2011). Digital taxi clearances in airport traffic control towers – Interface design and results from a high-fidelity simulation experiment. In the Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Dayton, OH.

Allendoerfer, K., Truitt, T. R., & Willems, B. (2010). Evaluations of Data Communications in Tower, TRACON, and En Route Air Traffic Control. In the Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 54th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Truitt, T. R. (2009). High-fidelity simulation to compare the Tower Operations Digital Data System to flight progress strips. In the Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Dayton, OH.

Truitt, T. R., & Muldoon, R. (2009). Comparing the Tower Operations Digital Data System to paper flight progress strips in zero-visibility operations (DOT/FAA/TC-09/08). Atlantic City International Airport, NJ: Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center.

Truitt, T. R. (2009). An empirical evaluation of the Integrated Tower Operations Digital Data System. Proceedings of the 2009 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference, Arlington, VA.

Truitt, T. R. (2008). Tower Operations Digital Data System - Concept refinement and description of new features (DOT/FAA/TC-08/09). Atlantic City International Airport, NJ: Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center.

Friedman-Berg, F., Allendoerfer, K., Zingale, C., & Truitt, T. (2008). Safer skies - Usability at the Federal Aviation Administration. User Experience Magazine, 7(4), 6-9.

Zingale, C. M., Truitt, T. R., & McAnulty, D. M. (2008). Human-in-the-loop evaluation of an integrated arrival/departure air traffic control service for major metropolitan airspaces (DOT/FAA/TC-08/04). Atlantic City International Airport, NJ: Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center.

Crutchfield, J. M., Hitt, J.M., Morris, J., & Truitt, T. R. (2007, April). Towards information requirements for airport traffic control towers. Panel presented at the 14th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Dayton, OH.

Truitt, T. R., & Muldoon, R. V. (2007, April). Initial usability test of new concepts for electronic flight data handling in airport traffic control towers. Paper presented at the 14th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Dayton, OH.

Truitt, T. R. (2007). New concepts for electronic flight data management in airport traffic control towers. Paper presented at 2007 Worldwide Airport Technology Transfer Conference, Atlantic City, NJ.

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: Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center.

Truitt, T. R. (2006). Electronic flight data in airport traffic control towers: Literature review (DOT/FAA/CT-05/13). Atlantic City International Airport, NJ: Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center.

Truitt, T. (2006). Concept development and design description of electronic flight data interfaces for airport traffic control towers (DOT/FAA/TC-TN06/17). Atlantic City International Airport, NJ: Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center.

Truitt, T. R. (2005). Implementing electronic flight data in the airport traffic control tower. Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology. Oklahoma City, OK.

Sollenberger, R. L., Willems, B., Della Rocco, P. S., Koros, A., & Truitt, T. (2004). Human-in-the-Loop Simulation Evaluating the Collocation of the User Request Evaluation Tool, Traffic Management Advisor, and Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications: Experiment I – Tool Combinations (DOT/FAA/CT-TN04/28). Atlantic City International Airport, NJ: Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center.

Truitt, T., McAnulty, D. M., & Willems, B. (2004). Effects of collocation and reduced lateral separation standards in the New York Integrated Control Complex (DOT/FAA/CT-TN04/08). Atlantic City International Airport, NJ: Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center.

Truitt, T. R., & McAnulty, D. M. (2003). High fidelity simulation test of new air traffic control concepts. In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Dayton, OH, 1172-1177.

Ahlstrom, V., Longo, K., & Truitt, T. R. (2002). Human Factors Design Guide Update (Report Number DOT/FAA/CT-96/01): A Revision to Chapter 5 – Automation Guidelines (DOT/FAA/CT02/11). Atlantic City, NJ: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration. This document has been superseded by the Human Factors Design Standard.

Truit, T., Ahlstrom, V., (2001) Development of a generic GMCC simulator interim report (DOT/FAA/CT-TN02/04) Atlantic City International Airport: Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center.

Truitt, T. R., & Ahlstrom, V. (2000). Situation awareness in airway facilities: Replacement of maintenance control centers with operations control centers (DOT/FAA/CT-TN00/09). Atlantic City International Airport: Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center.

Truitt, T. R., Durso, F. T., Crutchfield, J. M., Moertl, P. M., & Manning, C. A. (2000). Reduced Posting and Marking of Flight Progress Strips for En Route Air Traffic Control (DOT/FAA/AM-00/5). Washington, D.C.: Office of Aviation Medicine.

Durso, F. T., Hackworth, C. A., Truitt, T. R., Crutchfield, J. M., Nikolic, D., & Manning, C. A. (1999). Situation awareness as a predictor of performance in en route air traffic controllers (DOT/FAA/AM-99/3). Washington, D.C.: Office of Aviation Medicine.

Willems, B., & Truitt, T. R. (1999). Implications of reduced involvement in en route air traffic control (DOT/FAA/CT-TN99/22). Atlantic City International Airport: Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center.

Stein, E. S., Willems, B., & Truitt, T. R. (1999). Air Traffic Controller Radar Scanning Under Current and Proposed Freeflight Conditions. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Columbus, OH

Durso, F. T., Truitt, T. R., Hackworth, C. A., Albright, C. A., Bleckley, M. K., & Manning, C. A. (1998). Reduced flight progress strips in en route ATC mixed environments (DOT/FAA/AM-98/26). Washington, D. C.: Office of Aviation Medicine.

Durso, F. T., Truitt, T. R., Hackworth, C. A., Crutchfield, J. M., & Manning, C. A. (1998). En route operational errors and situation awareness. International Journal of Aviation Psychology, 8(2), 177-193.

Durso, F. T., Hackworth, C. A., Truitt, T. R., Crutchfield, J. M., Nikolic, D., & Manning, C. A. (1997). Does a controller’s situation awareness predict performance? In Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Columbus, OH.

Albright, C. A.,Truitt, T. R., Barile, A. L., Vortac, O. U., & Manning, C. A. (1996). How controllers compensate for the lack of flight progress strips (DOT/FAA/AM-96/5). Washington, D.C.: Office of Aviation Medicine.

Vortac, O. U., Barile, A. L., Albright, C. A., Truitt, T. R., Manning, C. A., & Bain, D. (1996). Automation of flight data in air traffic control. In D. Herrmann, M. Johnson, C. McEvoy, C. Hertzog, & P. Hertel (Eds.), Basic and applied memory: Research on practical aspects of memory, 2. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Truitt, T. R., Albright, C. A., Barile, A. L., Vortac, O. U., & Manning, C. A. (1995). How controllers compensate for the lack of flight progress strips. In Proceedings of The Eighth International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 2, 1019-1024. Columbus, OH. Also available as FAA technical report.

Albright, C. A., Truitt, T. R., Barile, A. L., Vortac, O. U., & Manning, C. A. (1994). Controlling traffic without flight progress strips: Compensation, workload, performance, and opinion. Air Traffic Control Quarterly, 2, 229-248.