No NOTAM action is required when scheduled routines preventative maintainance is performed on radars and NAVAIDs provided the following conditions are satisfied
- 1. Time periods do not exceed these specified limits:
- a. For radar systems that are a part of the national airspace system, 30 minutes
- b. for NAVAIDs that are part of the national airspace system- 1 hr
- c. for all radar and NAVAIDs that are not part of the National airspace system- 4 hrs
- 2. extension of the specified time period is not authorized and a NOTAM must be initiated at or before the end of the period
- 3. 1 hr or 5 hrs if part of the NAS prior notice is given to FAA flight service facilities and each concerned ATC facility
- 4. weather conditions are at and are forecast to remain equal to or better than the following:
- a. airfields with 2 or more approach aids: ceiling 3,000ft, visibility 5SM
- b. airfields with a single approach aid: sky condition scattered, visibility 5 SM
- 6. To the maximum extent posible, scheduled maintenance should be accomplished during hours of least traffic activity
- Per OPNAVINST 3721.20 timeliness of NOTAM information is critical to the safety of flight operations. Coordinate and submit NOTAM info within 15 mins of discovery of malfunctions of radar systems, landing systems, and NAVAIDs. For radar systems, landing systems, and NAVAIDs that are not a part of the national Airspace System, NOTAMS may be delayed for up to 2 hours if the following conditions are met:
- 1. Daylight hours
- 2. Ceiling of at least 3,000 ft
- 3. Visibility of at least 5 SM
Facility Watch Supervisor Duties and Responsibilities
- Each facility shall have FWS designated by the commanding officer, on duty at the facility at all times during hours of operation. The FWS shall be qualified on all operating positions within the facility. The FWS shall be responsible to the commanding officer or his designated representative for operational performance of the watch crew on duty. At the discretion of the facility officer the duties of the FWS may be combined with those of a branch supervisor, but should not be assigned to a control position. Duties, responsibilities, and authorities include the following:
- 1. Assuring an equipment checkout is performed at the beginning of each shift, reporting any malfunction of equipment to electronics maintenance and any degradation of essential services to appropriate agencies. Assures proper crew briefing and orderly watch turnover
- 2. Preperation of the operating position assignments
- 3. Assuring position currency and accomplishment and documentation of training
- 4. Assuring use of proper control procedures and techniques by assigned personnel. Assuring effective coordination within the facility and between facilities, and assuring corrective action is taken whenever control deficiencies are found
- 5. Receiving complaints from pilots, adjacent facilities, and general public regarding services or procedures provided by the facility and accumulation of initial data for forwarding to the ATCF officer.
- 6. Accumulation and initial documentation of mishap and hazard records and forwarding such records to the ATCF officer promptly. In the absence of the ATCF officer, the assistant ATCF officer, or ATC LCPO, the FWS shall make necessary mishap and hazard notification as required by local directives.
- 7. Checking and signing daily facility logs and forwarding them to the appropriate branch chief.
- 8. Physical security
Physical Qualification and Examination
Military flight surgeons shall conduct interviews and or physical examinations for ATC personnel as followed:
- 1. Physical examination annually
- 2. Check-in --Upon reporting to a new command
- 3. Post grounding -- Following grounding for medical reasons
- 4. Post hospitalization -- Following return to duty after any admission to the sick list or hospital. A clearance notice is required when ATC personnel return to duty.
- 5. Post aircraft mishap
- 6. As directed by a higher authority
Use of Drugs and Sedatives
The following policies shall apply in regards to the use of drugs and sedatives by the use of ATC personnel
- 1. Personnel may be assigned to their regular positions of operations within facilities even though they are taking innocuous medication such as aspirin derivatives, vitamin preparations, nose drops, skin ointments, etc.
- 2. Restricted use of drugs-- Personnel assigned to an operating position in a facility, including those personnel who have direct supervision of controllers within a facility, shall not use the types of drugs listed below within a 24 hr period before the assumption of duty:
- - sedative type drugs
- - tranquilizers
- - any drugs such as, but not limited to, anti-hypertensive agents or duodenal ulcer medications which have an effect on the central or autonomous nervous system
- - any other drug or medication likely to effect the alertness, judgement, vision, equilibrium, or state of consciousness
- 3. ATC personnel shall not consume intoxicating beverages within 12 hours of scheduled ATC duties. ATC shall not perform ATC functions or directly supervise personnel performing these functions within 12 hours after consuming intoxicating beverages
- 4. Nutritional/Dietary and other OTC supplements and products shall be reported to the flight surgeon and recorded during every periodic physical examination.
ATC personnel who have donated blood shall not perform ATC functions or directly supervise personnel performing these functions unless at least 24 hours have elapsed since the blood was donated.
Hours of Duty
- A normal scheduled ATC watch should be 8 hours and not exceed 10 hours. Crew rest period of at least 8 to 12 hours should occur between ATC watches. In an emergency or contingency situation, normal working periods may necessarily be extended.
- "Except in an emergency, a certificated ATC tower operator must be relieved of all duties for at least 24 consecutive hours at least once during each 7 consecutive days. Such an operator may not serve or be required to serve for more than 10 consecutive hours or for mare than 10 hr during a period of 24 consecutive hours, unless he has had a rest period of at least 8 hours at or before the end of the 10 hours of duty"
Watch Team Briefing
- A briefing attended by the entire watch team, shall be conducted prior to assumption of the watch. Briefings should include but are not limited to:
- 1. Current/forecast weather
- 2. Current/projected airport and airspace conditions
- 3. Equipment status
- 4. New facility directives
- 5. Special operations
- 6. operating position/training assignment
- 1. in approach control facilities, clocks are set to agree with those of the en route facility responsible for the terminal facility.
- 2. In FACSFACs, clocks are set to agree with those of the host en route facility.
- 3. In all other facilities, clocks are set to agree with those of the approach control facility serving the airport.