Communication and Air Traffic Safety Analytical Essay by Nicky

This paper examines literature regarding communication between commercial pilots and air traffic controllers during emergency situations.
# 146602 | 2,788 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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In this article, the writer studies literature on the subject of cooperation and coordination in communications between pilots and air traffic control. The writer discusses that the successful negotiation of emergency situations demands a full-
spectrum application of technical competence, experience, as well as the all-important efficiency of communications with air traffic control. The literature evaluated in the paper encompasses the most important issues arising in contemporary civilian aviation in connection with emergency communications between pilots and air traffic controllers. The writer notes that the literature also details the need for mutual coordination between pilots and controllers with respect to potentially ambiguous descriptions in applicable federal regulation delineating their respective emergency-avoidance responsibilities.

From the Paper:

"Myriad factors can either adversely affect the ability of pilots to successfully negotiate emergencies; in that regard, some of the most crucial include: (1) a mutual commitment to a team approach on the part of both pilots and air traffic controllers, (2) preparedness for unanticipated circumstances, (3) the ability to process information in real time and deduce the optimal responses required by specific events, (4) bi-directional clarity of communications, (5) preplanning of emergency procedures, (6) appropriate responses to dynamic changes in flight plans and landing approaches, (7) the availability and reliability of emergency avoidance equipment, (8) the ability to avoid tunnel vision in crises including thinking "out of the box," and (9) procedural rules and federal regulation that provide appropriate and unambiguous protocols outlining the hierarchy of respective responsibilities between flight crews and air traffic control as well as between and among various segments of air traffic control."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berge, Paul. "Think ahead of ATC: sow your plan in the mind of ATC and watch it grow into a thing of beauty. It's just a matter of knowing what to ask for and when.(SYSTEM NOTES)(air traffic control). ." IFR. 24.2 (Feb 2008): 17(2).
  • Doane, Stephanie M., Young Woo Sohn, and Mark T. Jodlowski. "Pilot ability to anticipate the consequences of flight actions as a function of expertise." Human Factors. 46.1 (Spring 2004): 92(12).
  • EASA. "AIR TRANSPORT: PILOTS' FLIGHT TIMES TOO LONG, SAYS STUDY. (European Aviation Safety Agency). ." European Social Policy. (Feb 12, 2009): 243326.
  • Marks, Paul. "Urgent call to end frequent runway near-misses: collision warning systems that rely on a response from air traffic controllers don't give pilots enough time to act." New Scientist. 188.2519 (Oct 1, 2005): 22(2).
  • Miller, Bob. "Getting no WX from ATC: thunderstorms can catch you sleeping any time of year. Don't expect the controller to give you a heads-up, either. (SYSTEM NOTES)(weather report, air traffic control). ." IFR. 24.1 (Jan 2008): 6(5).

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