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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : oak|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||controller non radar : 2|
controller radar : 12
flight time total : 2100
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Primary Problem||ATC Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|ATC Facility||procedure or policy : unspecified|
The GPS approach was published recently for the half moon bay airport in the latest printing of the approach plates. As was the case with the establishment of the GPS approach at the hayward airport, the final approach course, as well as the approach fixes to this date have not been included on the radar map for bay approach control. Training for this new approach consisted of a short paragraph in the priority notebook on the morning the approach went into effect. It simply stated that one radar vector will clear the aircraft for the GPS approach and point out the aircraft to another radar sector. I do not know how to clear an aircraft for an approach to an airport without fixes, or final approach course depicted on the radar map. In addition, since we lose radar contact with aircraft below 2500 ft in the vicinity of the half moon bay airport, I do not know how much airspace to protect for the missed approach, or for how long. Since there is no tower at the airport, how do we know when the aircraft has safely landed? These are the types of questions I would like addressed before the approach is published. I call it being safe, being prepared, being a professional! I was a navy pilot for 7 yrs. I've worked at 3 other FAA facilities including oakland and san francisco towers. I have never seen such an unprofessional attitude towards training as I've seen at bay approach.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: RPTED SIT OF NEW GPS APCHS TO HAF AND HWD ARPTS IN WHICH FIXES FOR THESE APCHS WERE NOT ADDED TO THE VIDEO MAP PRIOR TO IMPLEMENTATION. RPTR ALLEGES THERE WAS NO TRAINING ON THE HANDLING OF THE APCHS. RPTEDLY ON THE MORNING THE APCHS WERE IN EFFECT, THE PREDUTY BINDER CONTAINED INFO ABOUT WHICH SECTOR WOULD WORK THE TFC AND POINT OUT TO ANOTHER SECTOR.
Narrative: THE GPS APCH WAS PUBLISHED RECENTLY FOR THE HALF MOON BAY ARPT IN THE LATEST PRINTING OF THE APCH PLATES. AS WAS THE CASE WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE GPS APCH AT THE HAYWARD ARPT, THE FINAL APCH COURSE, AS WELL AS THE APCH FIXES TO THIS DATE HAVE NOT BEEN INCLUDED ON THE RADAR MAP FOR BAY APCH CTL. TRAINING FOR THIS NEW APCH CONSISTED OF A SHORT PARAGRAPH IN THE PRIORITY NOTEBOOK ON THE MORNING THE APCH WENT INTO EFFECT. IT SIMPLY STATED THAT ONE RADAR VECTOR WILL CLR THE ACFT FOR THE GPS APCH AND POINT OUT THE ACFT TO ANOTHER RADAR SECTOR. I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO CLR AN ACFT FOR AN APCH TO AN ARPT WITHOUT FIXES, OR FINAL APCH COURSE DEPICTED ON THE RADAR MAP. IN ADDITION, SINCE WE LOSE RADAR CONTACT WITH ACFT BELOW 2500 FT IN THE VICINITY OF THE HALF MOON BAY ARPT, I DO NOT KNOW HOW MUCH AIRSPACE TO PROTECT FOR THE MISSED APCH, OR FOR HOW LONG. SINCE THERE IS NO TWR AT THE ARPT, HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN THE ACFT HAS SAFELY LANDED? THESE ARE THE TYPES OF QUESTIONS I WOULD LIKE ADDRESSED BEFORE THE APCH IS PUBLISHED. I CALL IT BEING SAFE, BEING PREPARED, BEING A PROFESSIONAL! I WAS A NAVY PLT FOR 7 YRS. I'VE WORKED AT 3 OTHER FAA FACILITIES INCLUDING OAKLAND AND SAN FRANCISCO TWRS. I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH AN UNPROFESSIONAL ATTITUDE TOWARDS TRAINING AS I'VE SEEN AT BAY APCH.
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.