Major Problems Faced by Global Air Traffic Management

Major Problems Faced by Global Air Traffic Management

Air traffic controllers continuously need to listen carefully to every word that pilots and other controllers say. They need to be aware of what is happening in their space as well as in other sectors around them.

Fremont, CA: With the growth in the airline industry and the construction of new airports and runways, air traffic has risen significantly over the last few years. It has placed extra pressure on the air traffic control system that manages thousands of flights a day. Air traffic control must work effectively to prevent delays and accidents. They face many obstacles and challenges. That is why the aviation industry is making use of human-centered solutions to achieve its real operational effect on ROI.

Let us get acquainted with some of these challenges:

Communications

Air traffic controllers continuously need to listen carefully to every word that pilots and other controllers say. They need to be aware of what is happening in their space as well as in other sectors around them. If there is a problem, they need to move on it at the very moment. It places a lot of pressure on air traffic controllers.

Congestion of Frequency

Sometimes simple tasks can become difficult when there are so many people speaking at one frequency at a time. Each frequency can accommodate only one person speaking at a time, either pilot or a controller. The controller needs to control the information flow at that frequency.

Weather 

The weather is another huge problem for the controller. It adversely affects the job and operation of air traffic control personnel. The more complicated it is, the more workload it takes. Poor weather is a bad day for them.

Work

If an air traffic control system conducts 50,000 flights a day; more flights must be controlled at the same time. It means testing the altitude so that they don't come up against it. Plus, several flights travel on the same route and, in such a case, if there is a flight problem, careful attention needs to be paid to them. However, significant issues arise when a commercial aircraft is missing the radar range or when an air traffic control radar goes down.

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