Design of Information Display Systems

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Authors: Ferne Friedman-Berg, PhD.
Alfred Smith
Tanya Yuditsky, PhD.

Yuditsky, T., Friedman-Berg, F., Smith, A. (2004). Design of Information Display Systems for Air Traffic Control (DOT/FAA/CT-TN04/33). Atlantic City International Airport, NJ: Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center.


This document presents standards and guidelines for the design of Information Display Systems for Air Traffic Control (ATC). A computer-based Information Display System (IDS) provides access to various types of information needed to perform a job. The ATC environment and the time critical nature of Air Traffic operations bring unique requirements for an IDS. We developed the standards and guidelines provided here based on existing design guidelines and a study that explored the information and design requirements in the various ATC domains. We conducted structured interviews with 112 ATC Specialists to identify the problems and benefits they experience with IDSs in the field today. We also conducted workshops with Specialists from the field to review and validate our findings. The standards describe the elements that emerged as being critical in the design of an IDS for ATC and the guidelines can be used to effectively implement the standards. We also provide recommendations for human factors activities to support development of IDS design and to evaluate the implementation of the standards.

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