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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : shv|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : shv|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller military : 4|
controller non radar : 11
controller radar : 4
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
none taken : unable
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|ATC Facility||other physical facility|
|Airport||other physical facility|
A power outage was experienced at shv RAPCON of long enough duration to make the computers go out. Shv RAPCON is located on barksdale AFB. Power outages and interruptions are routine, and they are taking a terrible toll on the equipment. My understanding is that the power comes onto the base from the local power company, but then goes through some kind of air force power grid on the base. The service is unreliable. The answer would be to move the approach control over to the regional airport where the control tower is located, 12 mi to the west. In the meantime, the RAPCON needs the protection of an uninterrupted power supply for the ASR-9 radar and the mode south beacon. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: they have an uninterrupted power supply which only works on the ARTS radar system. The facility has some telephone company line problems feeding information from the radar site to radar equipment and also with the line that feeds data to the control tower brites. A recent meeting was held with the telephone company and others to iron out the problems but reporter is unaware of any changes yet. No change has been made to the on-base power problem.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: RPTR'S FACILITY IS LOCATED ON A MIL BASE WHICH EXPERIENCES PERIODIC OUTAGES AND INTERRUPTIONS. RPTR SAYS SVC IS UNRELIABLE AND FACILITY NEEDS PROTECTION OF AN UNINTERRUPTED PWR SUPPLY.
Narrative: A PWR OUTAGE WAS EXPERIENCED AT SHV RAPCON OF LONG ENOUGH DURATION TO MAKE THE COMPUTERS GO OUT. SHV RAPCON IS LOCATED ON BARKSDALE AFB. PWR OUTAGES AND INTERRUPTIONS ARE ROUTINE, AND THEY ARE TAKING A TERRIBLE TOLL ON THE EQUIP. MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE PWR COMES ONTO THE BASE FROM THE LCL PWR COMPANY, BUT THEN GOES THROUGH SOME KIND OF AIR FORCE PWR GRID ON THE BASE. THE SVC IS UNRELIABLE. THE ANSWER WOULD BE TO MOVE THE APCH CTL OVER TO THE REGIONAL ARPT WHERE THE CTL TWR IS LOCATED, 12 MI TO THE W. IN THE MEANTIME, THE RAPCON NEEDS THE PROTECTION OF AN UNINTERRUPTED PWR SUPPLY FOR THE ASR-9 RADAR AND THE MODE S BEACON. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: THEY HAVE AN UNINTERRUPTED PWR SUPPLY WHICH ONLY WORKS ON THE ARTS RADAR SYS. THE FACILITY HAS SOME TELCO LINE PROBS FEEDING INFO FROM THE RADAR SITE TO RADAR EQUIP AND ALSO WITH THE LINE THAT FEEDS DATA TO THE CTL TWR BRITES. A RECENT MEETING WAS HELD WITH THE TELCO AND OTHERS TO IRON OUT THE PROBS BUT RPTR IS UNAWARE OF ANY CHANGES YET. NO CHANGE HAS BEEN MADE TO THE ON-BASE PWR PROB.
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.