U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
Air Traffic Organization Policy

ORDER
JO 7110.65V
Effective Date:
April 3, 2014
 
     
Subject:  Air Traffic Control
 

Chapter 11. Traffic Management Procedures

Section 1. General

11-1-1. DUTY RESPONSIBILITY

a. The mission of the traffic management system is to balance air traffic demand with system capacity to ensure the maximum efficient utilization of the NAS.

b. It is recognized that the ATCS is integral in the execution of the traffic management mission.

NOTE-
Complete details of traffic management initiatives and programs can be found in FAAO JO 7210.3, Facility Operation and Administration.

11-1-2. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

a. Supervisory Traffic Management Coordinator-in-Charge (STMCIC) must:

1. Ensure that an operational briefing is conducted at least once during the day and evening shifts. Participants must include, at a minimum, the STMCIC, Operations Supervisors (OS), Traffic Management Coordinator(s) (TMC), and other interested personnel as designated by facility management. Discussions at the meeting should include meteorological conditions (present and forecasted), staffing, equipment status, runways in use, AAR and traffic management initiatives (present and anticipated).

2. Assume responsibility for TMC duties when not staffed.

3. Ensure that traffic management initiatives are carried out by Supervisory Traffic Management Coordinator-in-Charge (STMCIC).

4. Where authorized, perform URET data entries to keep the activation status of designated URET Airspace Configuration Elements current.

5. Perform assigned actions in the event of a URET outage or degradation, in accordance with the requirements of FAA Order JO 7210.3, Facility Operation and Administration, and as designated by facility directive.

6. Ensure changes to restrictions based on the Restrictions Inventory and Evaluation are implemented in a timely manner.

b. FLM must:

1. Keep the TMU and affected sectors apprised of situations or circumstances that may cause congestion or delays.

2. Coordinate with the TMU and ATCSs to develop appropriate traffic management initiatives for sectors and airports in their area of responsibility.

3. Continuously review traffic management initiatives affecting their area of responsibility and coordinate with TMU for extensions, revisions, or cancellations.

4. Ensure that traffic management initiatives are carried out by ATCSs.

5. Where authorized, perform URET data entries to keep the activation status of designated URET Airspace Configuration Elements current.

6. Perform assigned actions in the event of a URET outage or degradation, in accordance with the requirements of FAA Order JO 7210.3, Facility Operation and Administration, and as designated by facility directive.

7. Ensure changes to restrictions based on the Restrictions Inventory and Evaluation are implemented in a timely manner.

c. ATCSs must:

1. Ensure that traffic management initiatives and programs are enforced within their area of responsibility. Traffic management initiatives and programs do not have priority over maintaining:

(a) Separation of aircraft.

(b) Procedural integrity of the sector.

2. Keep the OS and TMU apprised of situations or circumstances that may cause congestion or delays.

3. Continuously review traffic management initiatives affecting their area of responsibility and coordinate with OS and TMU for extensions, revisions, or cancellations.

4. Where authorized, perform URET data entries to keep the activation status of designated URET Airspace Configuration Elements current.

5. Perform assigned actions in the event of a URET outage or degradation, in accordance with the requirements of FAA Order JO 7210.3, Facility Operation and Administration, and as designated by facility directive.

d. ARTCCs, unless otherwise coordinated, must:

1. Support TMA operations and monitor TMA equipment to improve situational awareness for a system approach to traffic management initiatives.

2. Monitor arrival flow for potential metering actions/changes and, if necessary, initiate coordination with all facilities to discuss the change to the metering plan.

e. TRACONs, unless otherwise coordinated, must:

1. Support TMA operations and monitor TMA equipment to improve situational awareness for a system approach to traffic management initiatives.

2. Monitor arrival flow for potential metering actions/changes and, if necessary, initiate coordination with all facilities to discuss the change to the metering plan.

3. Schedule internal departures in accordance with specific written procedures and agreements developed with overlying ARTCCs and adjacent facilities.

f. ATCTs, unless otherwise coordinated, must:

1. Monitor TMA equipment to improve situational awareness for a system approach to traffic management initiatives.

2. Release aircraft, when CFR is in effect, so they are airborne within a window that extends from 2 minutes prior and ends 1 minute after the assigned time.

NOTE-
Coordination may be verbal, electronic, or written.

11-1-3. TIME BASED FLOW MANAGEMENT (TBFM)

During periods of metering, ATCS must:

a. Display TMA schedule information on the main display monitor (MDM).

b. Comply with TMA­generated metering times within +/­ 1 minute.

1. If TMA­generated metering time accuracy within +/­ 1 minute cannot be used for specific aircraft due to significant jumps in the delay countdown timer (DCT), other traffic management initiatives may be used between those aircraft such as miles­in­trail (MIT) or minutes­in­trail (MINIT) to assist in delay absorption until stability resumes.

2. An exception to the requirement to comply within +/­ 1 minute may be authorized for certain ARTCC sectors if explicitly defined in an appropriate facility directive.

c. When compliance is not possible, coordinate with FLM and adjacent facilities/sectors as appropriate.

NOTE-
TMA accuracy of generated metering times is predicated on several factors, including vectoring outside of TMA route conformance boundaries (route recovery logic), certain trajectory ground speed calculations, and when TMU resequences a specific flight or flight list. Caution should be used in these situations to minimize impact on surrounding sector traffic and complexity levels, flight efficiencies, and user preferences.

 

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