Air Traffic Service Facility Operations Training, Maintenance & Standardization

Publication Title:                   Air Traffic Services Facility Operations, Training, Maintenance & Standardization
Publication/revision date:    03 DEC 2003
Field Manual:                        FM 3-04.303
   Supersedes:                      FM 1-303, 15 APR 1993
Distribution Restriction:       Approved for public release, distribution unlimited (public domain manuals)

Contents:
Preface....................................................................................................................... VI
Chapter 1 Introduction..............................................................................................................1-1
Waivers......................................................................................................................1-1
Planning.....................................................................................................................1-2
Air Traffic Control Certification and Rating ................................................................1-2
Federal Aviation Administration Academy Training ..................................................1-2
ATC Facility Classification.........................................................................................1-3
Understanding this Publication..................................................................................1-3
Chapter 2 FACILITY ADMINISTRATION ..................................................................................2-1
Section I – Responsibilities and Procedures........................................................2-1
Duty Positions and Responsibilities ..........................................................................2-1
Other Positions for Operating and Controlling the ATC Facility ................................2-6
Communications Procedures ....................................................................................2-7
Operating Initials........................................................................................................2-8
Facility Currency/Proficiency .....................................................................................2-8
Coordinated Universal/Local Time ..........................................................................2-10
Procedures/Notification for Opening and Closing Facilities ....................................2-10
Standard Facility Shifts and Workweeks.................................................................2-10
Emergency Manning Levels Policy (Installation Facilities Only) .............................2-13
Control and Coordination of Airfield/Heliport Areas ................................................2-14
Section II – Aircraft Accidents and Incidents .....................................................2-15
Involvement of Aircraft.............................................................................................2-15
Responsibilities of Shift Leader ...............................................................................2-16
Responsibilities of ATS Leaders .............................................................................2-16
Accidents or Incidents Involving Radar Facilities ....................................................2-17
Information Release ................................................................................................2-17
Section III – Weather .............................................................................................2-18
Cooperative Weather Watch (Installation Facilities Only) .......................................2-18
Chapter 3 RADAR AND FLIGHT FOLLOWING SERVICES.................................................... 3-1
Section I – Radar..................................................................................................... 3-1
Radar Service ........................................................................................................... 3-1
Automation Program Changes (Installation Facilities Only) ..................................... 3-3
Automatic Acquisition and Termination Areas (Installation Facilities Only).............. 3-3
TPX-42/44 System.................................................................................................... 3-4
Radar Mapping.......................................................................................................... 3-4
Flight Inspection Approaches.................................................................................... 3-9
Minimum Vectoring Altitude Charts......................................................................... 3-11
Minimum Safe Altitude Warning and Conflict Alert ................................................. 3-13
Magnetic Variations of Video, Geographical, and MSAW Digital Terrain Maps..... 3-14
Digital Map Verification ........................................................................................... 3-14
Radar Beacons ....................................................................................................... 3-14
Section II – Flight Following ................................................................................ 3-15
Purpose................................................................................................................... 3-15
Responsibilities ....................................................................................................... 3-15
Procedures.............................................................................................................. 3-17
Chapter 4 FACILITY EQUIPMENT ........................................................................................... 4-1
Equipment Layouts ................................................................................................... 4-1
Facility Ground Inspection, Certification, and Recertification Procedures................ 4-3
Radar/NAVAID Emergency Warning and Evacuation System (Installation
Facilities Only)........................................................................................................... 4-5
Navigational Aids .................................................................................................... 4-11
Chapter 5 REFERENCE MATERIAL ........................................................................................ 5-1
Section I – Reference Files, Charts, Diagrams, and Maps.................................. 5-1
Facility Reference File............................................................................................... 5-2
Controller Reference File .......................................................................................... 5-2
Recent Information File............................................................................................. 5-2
Operating Position Files............................................................................................ 5-2
Charts, Diagrams, and Maps .................................................................................... 5-3
Section II – Administrative Correspondence ....................................................... 5-4
Letters of Agreement................................................................................................. 5-4
Letters of Procedure.................................................................................................. 5-7
Operations Letters................................................................................................... 5-10
Facility Memorandums............................................................................................ 5-11
Section III – Operating Records and Forms....................................................... 5-12
Operational Hazard Report ..................................................................................... 5-12
Training and Proficiency Record—Air Traffic Controller and Trainee/Controller
Evaluation ............................................................................................................... 5-13
ATC Facility Personnel Status Report .................................................................... 5-13
Tactical Approach Publications System.................................................................. 5-18
ATC Maintenance Personnel Certification and Related Training Record............... 5-20
Records Review and Retention .............................................................................. 5-22
Contests and Appeals............................................................................................. 5-23
GCA Operations Log............................................................................................... 5-23
Daily Report of Air Traffic Control Facility............................................................... 5-25
Air Traffic Control Position Log ............................................................................... 5-27
Flight Progress Strips.............................................................................................. 5-28
Chapter 6 INSTALLATION FACILITY TRAINING PROGRAM.................................................6-1
Program of Instruction ...............................................................................................6-1
Facility Training Manual.............................................................................................6-4
Training and Proficiency Record—Air Traffic Controller ...........................................6-5
Trainee/Controller Evaluation....................................................................................6-9
Chapter 7 TACTICAL FACILITY TRAINING PROGRAM.........................................................7-1
Program of Instruction ...............................................................................................7-1
Facility Training Manual.............................................................................................7-4
Training and Proficiency Record—Air Traffic Controller ...........................................7-5
Trainee/Controller Evaluation....................................................................................7-8
Chapter 8 MAINTENANCE........................................................................................................8-1
Section I – Ground Inspection ...............................................................................8-1
Certification Responsibility ........................................................................................8-1
Certification Procedures ............................................................................................8-2
Section II – ATC Maintenance Certification Program ..........................................8-7
Program Objectives ...................................................................................................8-7
Certification Responsibility and Authority ..................................................................8-7
Maintenance Technician Certification .......................................................................8-8
Theory of Operation and Performance Examinations .............................................8-10
Theory (Concepts) Written Examinations................................................................8-11
Section III – Records File, Forms, and Maintenance Certification
Requirements.........................................................................................................8-14
Records File ............................................................................................................8-14
Forms.......................................................................................................................8-15
Section IV – Air Traffic Control and NAVAID Facility Standards......................8-16
General....................................................................................................................8-17
Environmental Control Standards for ATC and NAVAID Facilities .........................8-38
Appendix A Training and Proficiency Records ........................................................................ A-1
Appendix B Publication Reference Files................................................................................... B-1
Appendix C Facility Training Manuals....................................................................................... C-1
Appendix D Theodolite Operations ........................................................................................... D-1
Appendix E Air Traffic Control Tape Transcriptions ............................................................... E-1
Appendix F Risk Management....................................................................................................F-1
Appendix G Tactical Operations ................................................................................................G-1
Appendix H Determining Currency Requirements (Installation Facilities Only) .................. H-1
GLOSSARY................................................................................................ Glossary-1
BIBLIOGRAPHY...................................................................................Bibliography-1
INDEX................................................................................................................ Index-1

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