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

ORDER
JO 7210.3
Y
Effective Date:
April 3, 2014
 
     
Subject:  Facility Operation and Administration
       

Section 3. Air Traffic Familiarization/Currency Requirements for En Route/Terminal/Flight Service Facilities

2-3-1. GENERAL

a. It is the responsibility of the employees identified in Paragraph 2-3-2, Application, to work in conjunction with their supervisors to ensure they adhere to the requirements of this section.

b. Facility managers must develop procedures for tracking and reporting currency for those employees identified in subparagraph 2񪏖b.

2-3-2. APPLICATION

a. Air traffic managers, assistant managers, executive officers, staff managers, operations managers, support managers, traffic management officers and support specialists, who as a condition of employment are not required to maintain currency, must maintain familiarity with control room operations to perform their required duties in an efficient manner.

b. Air traffic control specialists (ATCS), traffic management coordinators (TMC), national traffic management specialists (NTMS), developmental specialists (ATCS/TMC/NTMS), first-level supervisors (including facility managers who also serve as first-level supervisors), operations supervisors (OS), front line managers (FLM), supervisory traffic management coordinators (STMC), national traffic manager officers (NTMO), and air traffic assistants (ATA) are required to meet currency requirements in order to perform their duties.

2-3-3. REQUIREMENTS

a. Familiarization. The methods used for personnel identified in Paragraph 2-3-2a, Application, to maintain familiarization must be specified in a local facility directive.

b. Currency. Personnel must rotate through all positions on which they maintain currency each calendar month. Additionally, they must meet the following requirements:

1. Number of positions required to maintain currency.

(a) ATCSs, TMCs, NTMSs, developmental specialists (ATCS/TMC/NTMS) and ATAs must maintain currency on all operational/control positions on which certified.

(b) First璴evel supervisors (OS, FLM, STMC, NTMO) and support specialists (who maintain currency) must maintain currency on a minimum of two and a maximum of eight operational/control positions.

NOTE-
Hand璷ff, Tracker, and CAB/TRACON coordinator positions do not count towards the minimum of two and maximum of eight operational/control positions.

(c) TMCs/STMCs required to maintain currency on operational positions within the traffic management unit (TMU), and control positions outside the TMU (dual currency), must maintain currency on a minimum of two and a maximum of eight operational/control positions outside the TMU.

(d) Waivers to any requirements contained in paragraph 2񪏗b(1), may only be approved by the respective Director of Operations, who is required to forward all waiver requests and dispositions to the Director of Operations Support for tracking and oversight.

2. The following minimum time must be met each calendar month: a minimum of one hour per position is required; time working combined positions satisfies the requirement for each of the combined positions. Except for flight service station (FSS) and air traffic assistants, time working the assistant controller, flight data communications, flight data, and clearance delivery positions is not counted toward total currency time requirements; however, the one環our minimum time per position is required to maintain currency.

NOTE-
Hand璷ff, Tracker, CAB/TRACON coordinator, Final Monitor, FLM/FLMIC, and managerial (in璫harge) positions do not have a currency requirement and time spent working those positions is not counted.

(a) ATCSs, Developmental (Dev) ATCSs, and ATAs.

(1) TERMINAL. Radar/tower operational/control positions: A minimum of eight hours tower and eight hours radar. If certified in only one area of operation (tower or radar), a minimum of 16 hours is required.

(2) EN ROUTE, FSS, and ATAs. A minimum of 16 hours on operational/control positions is required.

(b) TMCs, NTMSs, and developmental TMCs/NTMS are required to maintain operational/ control position currency as follows: a minimum of 16 hours on operational/control positions.

(c) Support specialists who maintain currency.

(1) TERMINAL. Radar/tower operational/control positions: a minimum of four hours tower and four hours radar. If certified in only one area of operation (tower or radar), a minimum of eight hours is required.

(2) EN ROUTE/ATCSCC. A minimum of eight hours on operational/control positions is required.

(d) FLMs/OSs (including facility managers who also serve as first璴evel supervisors).

(1) TERMINAL. Radar/tower operational/control positions (excluding the FLM/FLMIC position): a minimum of four hours tower and four hours radar. If certified in only one area of operation (tower or radar), a minimum of eight hours is required.

(2) EN ROUTE, FSS. A minimum of eight hours on operational/control positions (excluding managerial (in璫harge) positions) is required.

(e) STMCs/NTMOs are required to maintain operational/control position currency as follows: a minimum of eight hours on operational/control positions excluding managerial (in璫harge) positions.

(f) Dual Currency. TMCs/STMCs at all Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC) and at New York TRACON (N90), Potomac TRACON (PCT), Northern California TRACON (NCT), and Southern California TRACON (SCT) are required to maintain currency only within the TMU. All other TMCs/STMCs are required to maintain dual currency.

(1) TERMINAL. Radar/tower operational/control positions: a minimum of four hours tower and four hours radar. If certified in only one area of operation (tower or radar), a minimum of 8 hours is required.

(2) EN ROUTE. A minimum of eight hours on operational/control positions is required.

(3) TMC/STMC optional. Staffing and workload permitting, TMCs/STMCs not required to maintain dual currency may elect to maintain dual currency. Dual currency is not subject to the provisions of Paragraph 2񪏘; Differential.

(g) Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR) approaches (where published): three each calendar quarter, one of which must be a no璯yro. Radar simulation may be used to satisfy these requirements.

3. Time spent performing on璽he璲ob璽raining (OJT) instruction as an OJT instructor is not counted toward operational/control position currency.

4. Time spent receiving OJT on combined positions, where the employee is certified on some of the combined positions, is not counted toward operational/control position currency.

5. Time spent performing certification skills checks, operational skills assessments, skills checks, over璽he璼houlders, etc., is not counted toward operational/control position currency.

NOTE-
Initial operational/control position certification completed in a month meets the requirements for that position for that month. Individuals recertified in a month must meet currency requirements for that month regardless of the day of recertification.

TBL 2-3-1
Currency Requirements

Position

Operational/ Control Position Currency

Total Minimum Currency Requirements

ATCS/Developmental ATCSTMC/ Developmental TMC FSS Specialist/Dev FSS Spec NTMS/Dev NTMS/ATA

Min 16 hours/month Min 1 hr per position

16 hours

Support Specialist (if maintaining currency)

Min 8 hours/month
Min 1 hr per position
Min 2/Max 8 positions

8 hours

FLM/OS
STMC/NTMO
FSS OS

Min 8 hours/month
Min 1 hr per position
Min 2/Max 8 positions

8 hours

TMC Dual Currency

Within TMU:
Min 16 hours/month
Min 1 hr per position
Outside TMU:
Min 8 hours/month
Min 1 hr per position
Min 2/Max 8 positions

24 hours

STMC Dual Currency

Within TMU:
Min 8 hours/month
Min 1 hr per position
Min 2/Max 8 positions

Outside TMU:
Min 8 hours/month
Min 1 hr per position
Min 2/Max 8 positions

16 hours

2-3-4. DIFFERENTIAL

To qualify for currency differential as outlined in the Air Traffic Control Revitalization Act, personnel must be certified and maintain currency on at least two positions excluding clearance delivery and flight data positions.

2-3-5. TRACKING

a. Operational/control position currency time must be documented in accordance with processes described in Paragraph 2񩻮, Sign In/Out and On/Off Procedures, and tracked.

b. Air traffic managers must document, in a facility directive, a quality control process to ensure that personnel who do not meet currency requirements in a calendar month do not work an operational/control position prior to recertification in accordance with FAA Order JO 3120.4, Air Traffic Technical Training.

 

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