Section 2. User Coordination/Conferences/Publicity
air traffic managers must call local conferences, as often as important
local problems warrant, for discussing and clarifying facility operational
matters. Use discretion before making any policy commitments.
these conferences, take appropriate action within your jurisdiction.
2. Send two
copies of the minutes, or a summary, of each local conference to the
appropriate Service Area office and one to each conference member.
b. If a
general conference is needed to discuss problems and subjects of a broader
nature than those suitable for a local conference, forward such
recommendation to the appropriate Service Area office.
facilities should maintain an aggressive pilot education program whereby
facility personnel provide briefings and conduct seminars for pilot
groups. In addition to briefings on local airspace and procedures,
information on national programs should be provided. Emphasis should be
placed on operations within Class B and Class C airspace and on the FSS
Modernization Program. The following are examples of the type of voluntary
programs that may be offered:
FAAO 7230.16, Pilot Education Program - Operation Rain Check.
FAAO 7230.17, Pilot Education Program - Operation Takeoff.
sponsored pilot/controller forums.
accident prevention safety meetings.
Items of publicity,
either commendable or critical of FAA facilities, should be forwarded to
the Service Area office. This includes newspaper clippings, magazine
articles, photographs, or copies of letters.
4-2-4. COORDINATION OF ATC
must be carried out with the appropriate users prior to implementing or
changing procedures which may have a significant effect on them or flight
information publications. Users means the operators of aircraft;
organizations representing aircraft owners, operators, or pilots;
individuals; the DOD; aviation authorities; or other government agencies
concerned with the safe, efficient operation of aircraft in the NAS.
which will have a significant effect on the users will be coordinated with
them by means of correspondence, individual contacts, or a presentation at
a meeting for the purpose of soliciting individual comments. When deemed
appropriate, the advice and viewpoint of individual users will be obtained
prior to the development of a proposed change. When safety is not a
factor, a minimum of 45 days should be afforded those responding to a
request for comments.
c. No joint
user meeting will be conducted for the purpose of seeking user consensus
or agreement on an issue. Coordination does not mean or imply that
unanimity of opinion must be reached nor does it mean that user
concurrence is required.
coordination must be carried out, as appropriate, prior to coordination
with the users. In addition, all other concerned FAA facilities and
offices must be informed prior to implementing these changes.
e. The final
decision on whether a change is adopted as proposed, changed in light of
the individual replies received, or not adopted rests with the initiating
office and will be based on an evaluation of all pertinent factors. If
significant objections to a change are received, advise the Service Area
office which will inform the Manager of Airspace and Rules, if deemed
f. When a
change is adopted, users will be afforded sufficient time to prepare for
the change prior to its implementation. If a proposed change is not
adopted, an explanation of the decision will be forwarded to the users.