Title

Urban Air Mobility Fleet Manager Gap Analysis and System Design

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Department

Research Foundation

Publication Title

Advances in Human Aspects of Transportation Proceedings of the AHFE 2020 Virtual Conference on Human Aspects of Transportation, July 16-20, 2020, USA

Editor

Neville Stanton

DOI

10.1007/978-3-030-50943-9_73

First Page

576

Last Page

582

Abstract

NASA’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Sub-Project is engaged in research to facilitate the introduction of air taxis into the US National Airspace System. Given the history of conventional aircraft operations, it is clear that dispatcher support will be required for UAM. This paper presents a gap analysis, system requirements, and a workstation design concept for the UAM dispatcher or Fleet Manager (FM) position. The gap analysis focuses on the differences between the tasks of the airline dispatcher and those projected for the FM. FM system capabilities and data requirements are then presented as foundations for software development. An initial user interface concept is provided. The FM software uses a single, large display. The system supports prediction, monitoring, and task execution. This paper is intended to support FM software design for future air taxi systems.

Keywords

Air taxi, Dispatcher, Human factors, Urban air mobility, User interface design

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