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
 Includes:  Change 1 and its Errata effective 7/24/14

Chapter 12. Facility Statistical Data, Reports, and Forms

Section 1. General Information

12-1-1. GENERAL

Since the inception of ATC, there has been some method of recording the volume of air traffic activity. OPSNET is the official data reporting system as per FAAO JO 7210.55, Operational Data Reporting Requirements. All air traffic facilities, except FSSs, must report traffic count information daily through OPSNET or OPSNET touch-tone interface (OTTER).

The FAA collects and analyzes these data to make decisions on, but not limited to, budgeting, forecasting, planning, programming new equipment, public dissemination, and historical analysis. Because of its broad application and national use, it is imperative the gathering of data be both standardized and accurate. Two basic requirements must be met for an operation count: the facility must be responsible for providing service to the aircraft, and the service provided must qualify using the guidelines established throughout the remainder of this chapter. Air traffic managers must ensure that the intent of the provisions in this chapter is fulfilled.

12-1-2. COUNTING METHODS

Traffic counts may be counted either manually or through the use of nationally deployed automated counting programs (i.e., CountOps). The accuracy of automated counts must be validated annually to be within plus/minus 3 percent of the actual traffic count. Annual validation of traffic counts for other purposes such as “classification” meets this requirement.

12-1-3. QUESTIONS OR CHANGES

Any questions as to how an operation should be counted or recommendations for changes to procedures should be forwarded to the appropriate service area for resolution. Service areas will forward their questions or recommendations to the appropriate service unit.

12-1-4. SUMMARY OF STATISTICAL REPORTS AND FORMS

The table below provides a quick reference for reporting requirements in this chapter. The OPSNET system provides the ability to input the required data as described below. (See TBL 12-1-1.)

TBL 12-1-1
Reporting Requirements

Facility Type

Report

Type 1 tower without radar

Type 3 combination radar approach control and tower with radar (tower portion)

Type 4 combination nonradar approach control and tower without radar (tower portion)

Type 5 nonapproach control tower

Type 6 combined control facility (tower portion)

Type 7 tower with radar

Type 11 Federal Contract Tower

Itinerant IFR arrivals and departures

Itinerant VFR arrivals and departures

Local operations

IFR overflights

VFR overflights

Type 2 terminal radar approach control (TRACON)

Type 3 combination radar approach control and tower with radar (TRACON portion)

Type 4 combination nonradar approach control and tower without radar (TRACON portion)

Type 6 combined control facility (TRACON portion)

Type 9 combined TRACON

Itinerant IFR arrivals and departures to all airports

Itinerant VFR arrivals and departures to all airports

IFR overflights

VFR overflights

12-1-5. CATEGORIES OF OPERATIONS

a. All itinerant and overflight operations are reported in the following categories:

1. Air Carrier: Operations by aircraft identified in Appendix 3, Air Carrier for Air Traffic Activity Operations Count, which use three-letter company designators.

2. Air Taxi: Operations by aircraft other than those identified in Appendix 3 which use three-letter company designators or the prefix “T" (TANGO) or “L" (MEDEVAC).

NOTE-
Air Taxi operators who do not have an FAA-issued designator have been authorized to use the prefix “T” or “L”.

3. Military: All classes of military operations.

4. General Aviation: Civil operations not classified as air carrier or air taxi.

b. All local operations are reported in the following categories:

1. Civil: All civilian operations, including local flights by air carrier and air taxi aircraft.

2. Military: All classes of military operations.

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