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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : emi|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zob|
artcc : zny
artcc : zdc
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Primary Problem||ATC Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Inter Facility Coordination Failure|
The problem is at the harrisburg high sector in ZNY along J110-80 at the ZNY/ZOB boundary. ZDC now owns a piece of airspace which infringes upon this jet route. There is a dogleg on J80 just east of this area in question. With a predominantly northwest wind, most of the traffic must now be pointed out to ZDC. During periods of busy traffic, this extra workload is definitely not needed by the controller. It's not uncommon for this sector to be working between 20-25 aircraft at one time, and the controller cannot safely monitor this extra point of confliction to the best of his ability. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: nothing has changed since reporter sent this situation report 2 months ago. ZDC uses this airspace for J211 traffic nwbnd out of bwi, dca and iad going into ZOB area. ZDC hands traffic off to ZOB at FL270 or below, while ZNY traffic goes to FL280 and above, normally. The turn on J80 with a prevailing northwest wind causes aircraft to be on south side of arwy in area of bogge intersection. Another factor is great distance between navaids which make up J110 in that area. The airspace now delegated to ZDC was formerly owned by ZOB so coordination was only necessary with one ARTCC rather than 2 as is the case now. The J80-J110-J230 route is heavily used.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: CTLR CITES ADDED CTLR WORKLOAD AND POSSIBILITY OF CONFLICTING TRAFFIC DUE TO AIRSPACE CONFIGN. SITUATION REPORT.
Narrative: THE PROB IS AT THE HARRISBURG HIGH SECTOR IN ZNY ALONG J110-80 AT THE ZNY/ZOB BOUNDARY. ZDC NOW OWNS A PIECE OF AIRSPACE WHICH INFRINGES UPON THIS JET ROUTE. THERE IS A DOGLEG ON J80 JUST E OF THIS AREA IN QUESTION. WITH A PREDOMINANTLY NW WIND, MOST OF THE TFC MUST NOW BE POINTED OUT TO ZDC. DURING PERIODS OF BUSY TFC, THIS EXTRA WORKLOAD IS DEFINITELY NOT NEEDED BY THE CTLR. IT'S NOT UNCOMMON FOR THIS SECTOR TO BE WORKING BTWN 20-25 ACFT AT ONE TIME, AND THE CTLR CANNOT SAFELY MONITOR THIS EXTRA POINT OF CONFLICTION TO THE BEST OF HIS ABILITY. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: NOTHING HAS CHANGED SINCE RPTR SENT THIS SITUATION RPT 2 MONTHS AGO. ZDC USES THIS AIRSPACE FOR J211 TFC NWBND OUT OF BWI, DCA AND IAD GOING INTO ZOB AREA. ZDC HANDS TFC OFF TO ZOB AT FL270 OR BELOW, WHILE ZNY TFC GOES TO FL280 AND ABOVE, NORMALLY. THE TURN ON J80 WITH A PREVAILING NW WIND CAUSES ACFT TO BE ON S SIDE OF ARWY IN AREA OF BOGGE INTXN. ANOTHER FACTOR IS GREAT DISTANCE BTWN NAVAIDS WHICH MAKE UP J110 IN THAT AREA. THE AIRSPACE NOW DELEGATED TO ZDC WAS FORMERLY OWNED BY ZOB SO COORD WAS ONLY NECESSARY WITH ONE ARTCC RATHER THAN 2 AS IS THE CASE NOW. THE J80-J110-J230 ROUTE IS HEAVILY USED.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.