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

ORDER
JO 7210.3X
Effective Date:
February 9, 2012
 
     
Subject:  Facility Operation and Administration
       Includes:  Errata effective 2/9/12, Change 1 effective 7/26/12, Change 2 effective 3/7/13, and Change 3 effective 8/22/13
 

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

2-3-1. GENERAL

a. It must be the responsibility of the employees identified in Paragraph 2-3-2, Application, to adhere to the requirements of this section.

b. Facility managers must develop procedures for tracking and reporting currency for those employees identified in subparagraph 2-3-2b.

2-3-2. APPLICATION

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

b. First-level supervisors (including facility managers who also serve as first-level supervisors), ATCSs, developmental specialists, and air traffic assistants are required to maintain currency in order to perform their duties.

2-3-3. REQUIREMENTS

a. Familiarization. As a minimum, non-operational personnel (see application a) must observe control room operations within their facility for 2 hours each week.

b. Currency. To maintain currency, personnel must rotate through all positions on which they are certified each calendar month. Additionally, they must meet the following minimum time requirements on control positions or operational positions, as appropriate, each calendar month:

1. First-level supervisors (including facility managers who also serve as first-level supervisors), and support specialists who are required to maintain currency by their air traffic managers:

(a) Radar/tower control/operational positions (excluding the operational supervisor in charge (OSIC) position): Four hours tower and four hours radar. If certified in only one area of operation (tower or radar), then a total of eight hours in that area.

(b) All other facilities: Eight hours in control/operational positions (excluding the OSIC position).

NOTE-
1. Although the OSIC position is an operational position, time working as an OSIC is not counted toward currency time.

2. Time working Flight Data communications, Flight Data, or Clearance Delivery positions does not count towards currency requirements.

2. Supervisory traffic management coordinators not covered in subpara b3 and traffic management coordinators are required to maintain currency and must rotate through all positions on which they are certified each calendar month. Additionally, they must work a minimum of eight hours per calendar month on control positions.

3. Supervisory traffic management coordinators at all ARTCCs and at A80, N90, PCT, NCT, and SCT are required to maintain currency and must rotate through all positions within the Traffic Management Unit (TMU) only. Additionally, they must work a minimum of eight hours per calendar month on these positions.

4. All other employees who are required to maintain currency:

(a) Radar/tower control/operational positions: Eight hours tower and eight hours radar. If certified in only one area of operation (tower or radar), a total of sixteen hours in that area.

(b) All other facilities: sixteen hours in control/operational positions.

5. ASR approach (where published): Three each calendar quarter; one of which must be a no-gyro. Radar simulation may be used to satisfy these requirements.

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.

 

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