Influences and Implications of Changing Air Traffic Control on Worldwide USAF Aircraft Operations

by S. L. Katten

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Second part of a report on USAF aircraft operations and civil and military air control. To offset technological deficiencies, Air Traffic Control continues to impose regulatory and procedural constraints, variously reducing efficiency and effectiveness. Decreasing military operations will be more than offset by increasing civil operations, requiring a two- to fourfold ATC system capacity increase. Unless revolutionary improvements are implemented, constraints are likely to increase in the future. Similarities in future performance estimates among ATC, AD, and TAC systems promise high degrees of commonality and compatibility. Needs for recognition of the importance of air control, for direct military participation in common system analyses and planning, for the application of systems analysis methods, and for supportive military analysis and planning are apparent. Suggestions are offered in organization and management, planning and analysis, research and development, and USAF flight support organization and management.

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