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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : zoa|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : non radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller non radar : 5|
controller radar : 2
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||ATC Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|ATC Facility||procedure or policy : unspecified|
I reported for duty at ZOA at XX30 pm and was assigned sector OC5/OC9. After obtaining position relief briefing, I signed on the position and noticed that the controller I was relieving had been assigned the sector for over 4 hours. I questioned the controller about the accuracy of this. He confirmed that the sign-on log was accurate. I then asked the supervisor if he was aware of the length of time the previous controller had been on the sector. He replied that he was aware and that was the kind of dedication he expected from people on his crew. I advised him that natca and the FAA had a pending contract that states that controllers shouldn't be assigned a position for over 2 hours unless operationally necessary, and that once the contract was ratified, I expected all of FAA management to follow the contract. He replied, 'no way.'
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: CTLR WORKED SECTOR MORE THAN 4 HOURS WITHOUT ROTATING.
Narrative: I RPTED FOR DUTY AT ZOA AT XX30 PM AND WAS ASSIGNED SECTOR OC5/OC9. AFTER OBTAINING POS RELIEF BRIEFING, I SIGNED ON THE POS AND NOTICED THAT THE CTLR I WAS RELIEVING HAD BEEN ASSIGNED THE SECTOR FOR OVER 4 HRS. I QUESTIONED THE CTLR ABOUT THE ACCURACY OF THIS. HE CONFIRMED THAT THE SIGN-ON LOG WAS ACCURATE. I THEN ASKED THE SUPVR IF HE WAS AWARE OF THE LENGTH OF TIME THE PREVIOUS CTLR HAD BEEN ON THE SECTOR. HE REPLIED THAT HE WAS AWARE AND THAT WAS THE KIND OF DEDICATION HE EXPECTED FROM PEOPLE ON HIS CREW. I ADVISED HIM THAT NATCA AND THE FAA HAD A PENDING CONTRACT THAT STATES THAT CTLRS SHOULDN'T BE ASSIGNED A POS FOR OVER 2 HRS UNLESS OPERATIONALLY NECESSARY, AND THAT ONCE THE CONTRACT WAS RATIFIED, I EXPECTED ALL OF FAA MGMNT TO FOLLOW THE CONTRACT. HE REPLIED, 'NO WAY.'
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.