|37000 Feet||Browse and search NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : rsw|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : ground|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|ATC Facility||procedure or policy : unspecified|
|Airport||procedure or policy : unspecified|
Current procedures describe part of main ramp at rsw as movement areas, requiring ATC clearance for pushback from non-movement areas with visual blind spots to movement area (still on main ramp). No airport tugs or service vehicles are radio equipped, compounding positive control problems. Tower controllers have decided to pursue returning all ramp areas to non-movement areas. Airport operations has a dedicated frequency (122.80) for ramp control, but claim not to have the resources to staff that position. (They are happy to have ATC doing their job.) tower controllers would still provide TA's to all aircraft, but feel the job of ramp control should not be theirs.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: RAMP CTL AFFECTING MOVEMENT AND NON-MOVEMENT AREAS.
Narrative: CURRENT PROCS DESCRIBE PART OF MAIN RAMP AT RSW AS MOVEMENT AREAS, REQUIRING ATC CLRNC FOR PUSHBACK FROM NON-MOVEMENT AREAS WITH VISUAL BLIND SPOTS TO MOVEMENT AREA (STILL ON MAIN RAMP). NO ARPT TUGS OR SVC VEHICLES ARE RADIO EQUIPPED, COMPOUNDING POSITIVE CTL PROBS. TWR CTLRS HAVE DECIDED TO PURSUE RETURNING ALL RAMP AREAS TO NON-MOVEMENT AREAS. ARPT OPS HAS A DEDICATED FREQ (122.80) FOR RAMP CTL, BUT CLAIM NOT TO HAVE THE RESOURCES TO STAFF THAT POS. (THEY ARE HAPPY TO HAVE ATC DOING THEIR JOB.) TWR CTLRS WOULD STILL PROVIDE TA'S TO ALL ACFT, BUT FEEL THE JOB OF RAMP CTL SHOULD NOT BE THEIRS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 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.