The Canadian Automated Air Traffic System (CAATS): An Overview
Exactly fifty years after the initiation of air traffic control (ATC) in Canada, Transport Canada has launched a comprehensive and innovative program, the Canadian Automated Air Traffic System (CAATS) Project, to completely revamp the national ATC system. This paper provides a brief overview of the background, objectives, design, and implementation of that project. The intention of the paper is to present a general description of the CAATS concept, without detailing either the engineering requirements or the developmental program. Excellent reviews of some of the issues, particularly those concerning human factors engineering, that must be addressed in a comprehensive ATC automation project already have been provided by Benel, Dancey, Dehn, Gutmann, and Smith (1989) and by Simolunas and Bashinski (1991). An introduction to the concept of human error in the context of automation has been outlined by Stager (1991).
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