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Recommendation issued to: AirServices Australia

Recommendation details
Output No: R20020169
Date issued: 20 September 2002
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

Safety Recommendation

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that Airservices Australia expedite the development of an integrated weather radar/air traffic control radar video display system capable of providing multiple weather echo intensity discrimination without degradation of air traffic control radar information.

Initial response
Date issued: 04 February 2003
Response from: AirServices Australia
Action status: Closed - Partially Accepted
Response text:

The following response dated 29 January 2003 was received from Airservices Australia:

Recent trials of integrated weather radar/air traffic control radar video in TAAATS have revealed limitations in present equipment capabilities and raised significant HMI issues.
At this point, given the current weather display facilities available to ATC, any advantage to the aviation industry is outweighed by the HMI concerns, the technical difficulties and the estimated high cost of implementation. Unless it can be clearly demonstrated that such a facility would produce tangible benefits to the industry it is not intended to pursue the matter in the short to medium term.

A further response dated 7 August 2003 was received from Airservices Australia:

In relation to recommendation R20020169, recent trials of integrated weather radar/air traffic control radar video in the TAAATS have revealed limitations in equipment capabilities and raised significant HMI issues. Given the weather displays facilities already available to ATC, any advantage in introducing integrated displays is far outweighed by the HMI concerns, the technical difficulties and the high cost of implementation. Unless it can be demonstrated that the facility would clearly benefit the industry it is not intended to pursue the matter in the medium term. Further action cannot be justified at this time.

 
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