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
 

Explanation of Changes
Change
3

Direct questions through appropriate facility/service center office staff
to the office of primary responsibility (OPR)
 

a. 2-1-7. AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE (ATS) CONTINUITY
4-3-5. APPROVAL

This change clarifies the roles and responsibilities of facilities during planned and unplanned outages. This change cancels and incorporates N JO 7210.838, Air Traffic Service Continuity and Approval, effective April 22, 2013.

b. 2-1-17. PROHIBITED/RESTRICTED AREAS

This change adds stationary ALTRVs to this paragraph and will allow facilities to designate different separation around Stationary ALTRVs when non-aircraft operations are being conducted.

c. 2-1-27. REPORTING UNAUTHORIZED ILLUMINATION OF AIRCRAFT

This change updates the NOTE that advises FAA ATC facilities where to forward information regarding unauthorized laser illumination of aircraft incidents when they do not have direct access to the DEN. Those ATC facilities will now forward this information through the WOCC to the DEN.

d. 2-1-30. OPPOSITE DIRECTION OPERATIONS
4-3-2. APPROACH SUBJECTS

A new paragraph is added that requires facilities to develop procedures that will ensure positive control during opposite direction operations that will reduce the likelihood of aircraft being placed in close proximity in a head on situation with high closure rates. This change cancels and incorporates N JO 7210.830, Opposite Direction Operations, effective January 3, 2013.

e. 2-1-31. SPECIAL INTEREST SITES

This change removes the supervisory/CIC facility requirements from FAA Order JO 7110.65 and moves them to FAA Order JO 7210.3. This change cancels and incorporates N JO 7210.837, Special Interest Sites, effective April 12, 2013.

f. 2-3-1. GENERAL

This change provides procedures for all facilities to develop and maintain a process for tracking and reporting currency for those employees identified in Paragraph 2-3-2. This change cancels and incorporates N JO 7210.825, Air Traffic Currency Requirements, effective September 17, 2012.

g. 5-3-7. OPEN SKIES TREATY AIRCRAFT PRIORITY FLIGHTS (F AND D)

This change clarifies that Open Skies F and D aircraft can be allowed to transit active SUA if the required LOA has been coordinated between the using agency and controlling agency. A reference to FAA Order JO 7110.65 has been added. To further clarify the requirements for Open Skies F and D aircraft that transit SUA, additional wording has been inserted that specifies an ATC facility must provide standard separation services for Open Skies F and D aircraft from activities in SUA at all times. This change does not alter any existing procedures. It just provides clarity and reinforcement.

h. 6-1-7. DISPLAY OF TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT ADVISOR (TMA) INORMATION
17-24-1. PURPOSE
17-24-2. DEFINITIONS
17-24-3. RESPONSIBILITIES

TMA is the technology and methods used for adjusting demand/capacity imbalances at select OEP airports, departure fixes, and points across the NAS airspace. This change delineates the responsibilities of the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC), traffic management units (TMU), and supporting TMUs in support of TBFM. This change cancels and incorporates N JO 7210.832, Traffic Management Advisor (TMA), effective January 30, 2013.

i. 6-3-1. HANDLING OF SIGMETs, CWAs, AND PIREPs

This change provides guidance for air traffic controllers to handle and disseminate PIREP information from aircrews. This change cancels and incorporates N JO 7210.839, AvMet Volcanic Ash, effective March 7, 2013.

j. 6-9-1. GENERAL
6-9-5. NON RVSM REQUIREMENTS
8-1-2. ALTRV FLIGHT DATA PROCESSING
12-1-5. CATEGORIES OF OPERATIONS
17-9-13. VFR FLIGHTS
17-21-4. EXCEPTED FLIGHTS

The term “Lifeguard" is being replaced by the term “MEDEVAC." Adds a requirement for flight plan entries for ALTRV and MARSA aircraft in ICAO flight plan filing. change cancels and incorporates N JO 7210.829, ICAO Flight Plan 2012 Changes to FAA Order JO 7210.3, effective November 15, 2012.

k. 10-1-8. PROCEDURES FOR OPENING AND CLOSING RUNWAYS

This change adds procedures that address the complexity of the risk of operations on closed runways. A broad set of solutions needs to be utilized to provide both redundancy and resilience. This change intends to provide a general framework for those solutions, but the specifics are best developed at the local level, using a cross section of operators to develop relevant, innovative and effective tools that have a positive impact on safe operations. This change cancels and incorporates N JO 7210.826, Procedures for Opening and Closing Runways, effective December 12, 2012.

l. 10-3-8. LINE UP AND WAIT (LUAW) OPERATIONS

 This change will only require a facility to include items (e) through (i) if they are applicable to their operations. This change cancels and incorporates N JO 7210.831, Line Up and Wait (LUAW) Operations, effective December 17, 2012.

m. 10-5-4. ASR PERFORMANCE CHECKS

This change removes the requirement that controllers conduct ASR performance checks at locations where digital terminal automation systems exist.

n. 17-2-4. FIELD FACILITIES

This change requires field facilities to notify the ATCSCC via telephone or hotline coordination as soon as route/airway closures occur that could have significant impact to the National Airspace System. This change cancels and incorporates N JO 7210.841, Field Facilities, effective April 29, 2013.

o. 17-17-5. CDR DATA FORMAT

This change provides guidance as to the preference to include RNAV CDRs to destinations served by RNAV STARs. This change cancels and incorporates N JO 7210.840, Coded Departure Route (CDR) Data Format, effective April 29, 2013.

p. 19-9-1. POLICY
19-9-2. PURPOSE

This change clarifies that Open Skies F and D aircraft can be allowed to transit active SUA if the required LOA has been coordinated between the using agency and controlling agency. A reference to FAA Order JO 7110.65 has been added. To further clarify the requirements for Open Skies F and D aircraft that transit SUA, additional wording has been inserted that specifies an ATC facility must provide standard separation services for Open Skies F and D aircraft from activities in SUA at all times. This change does not alter any existing procedures. It just provides clarity and reinforcement.

q. The FAA has decommissioned all the Direction Finders (DF) in the National Airspace System (NAS). Therefore, all references to DF approaches, procedures, supplements, and charts have been removed from this order.

r. Entire publication.

Additional editorial/ format changes were made where necessary. Revision bars were not used because of the insignificant nature of these changes.

 

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