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Martin Loxbo

Did you ever suffer from Controller Blind Spot?

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Here is a very informative video on a phenomenon called Controller Blind Spot, which means overlooking a close-by aircraft when scanning for conflicts.

https://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Controller_Blind_Spot_(SKYclip)

More info: https://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Blind_Spots_–_Inefficient_conflict_detection_with_closest_aircraft

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Definitely tried this in the sim at school. Working a fairly busy approach sector, I had a quite complex situation involving 4-5 aircraft on conflicting routes, all climbing/descending through or maintaining about the same level. Only after having solved a conflict that was somewhere like 5 minutes in the future, I realised my solution actually created another, much more immediate conflict. So by focusing on one conflict, I actually missed the much closer conflict, and then suddenly had very little time to solve that.

This was really a combination of high workload and a very complex traffic flow, so it's not something you will experience in every-day controlling, but when you do, it's actually super interesting. I know I learned a lot from the situation I described above.

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