Five Major Challenges Faced by Air Traffic Management

Five Major Challenges Faced by Air Traffic Management

A controller needs to be skillful in the flow of communication on a frequency because things may become problematic when too many people are speaking on one frequency at a time.

Fremont, CA: The construction of new airports and runways has led to increased air traffic over the past few years. This has put extra pressure on the air traffic control system that manages thousands of flights every day. Air traffic management faces alot of challenges and obstacles. This is why the aviation industry is implementing human-centric solutions to achieve its ROI operational impact.

Here are five challenges faced by air traffic management:

Frequency congestion

A controller needs to be skillful in the flow of communication on a frequency because things may become problematic when too many people are speaking on one frequency at a time. Each controller can only support one person talking at a time.

Weather

Weather impacts the work and operation of air traffic staff. The more complicated it is, the more the workload. Bad weather would mean a bad day for them.

Communication

Air traffic controllers need to continuously listen attentively to every word the pilots and other controllers say. They need to be vigilant of what is happening in their space and the sectors around them. Also, if an issue arises, they need to act on it instantly. Thus putting a lot of pressure on them.

Noise

Aircraft noise and its adverse effect on the local communities is a significant issue that needs to be addressed. As the number of aircrafts increases in the future, the problem will only escalate. Therefore, they need to balance the requirement of a country and handle the impact it has on local communities living near the airports.

Aircraft control systems need to be well managed and prepared to make the propulsion of aircraft safe.

Work

Because air traffic controller handles numerous flights simultaneously, they need to monitor the altitude so that the airplanes do not collide. Also, many flights pass the same route, and if it faces an issue, they need to be alert and give extra attention.

Another significant issue is when a passenger goes off the radar or the radar of the air traffic control goes down.

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