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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : sav.tracon|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller military : 6|
controller radar : 14
controller time certified in position1 : 4
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Problem Areas||ATC Human Performance|
|ATC Facility||procedure or policy : sav.tower|
staffing : sav.tracon
Several times a yr the savannah controllers are required to staff a temporary tower at (hxd) hilton head. Savannah is extremely short staffed and we don't have enough controllers to staff a normal operation, let alone increased traffic sits. The traffic at savannah approach keeps increasing and the number of 'good' controllers keeps decreasing, we get no support from the manager or management. It's only a matter of time before safety is fully compromised. Also, savannah has 'several' controllers that try to 'set up' other controllers for a separation error and management will not put an end to this illegal practice. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: the reporter stated that nothing has changed at the facility since the ASRS report was submitted. Reporter believes that the natca facility representative has a personal agenda and has been the root of some of the problems. Local natca does not want to address any of the problems mentioned in his report because they do not want to 'rock the boat' with management. The reporter stated that he is aware of hotline calls being made by some to the FAA and also hostile work environment charges being filed.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: THE RPTR STATES THAT THE SAV FACILITY IS UNDERSTAFFED AND THEY HAVE A NUMBER OF CTLRS THAT WILL TRY AND SET UP THEIR PEERS FOR ERRORS. THE RPTR ALSO STATES THAT THERE IS NO SUPPORT FROM MGMNT ON EITHER ISSUE.
Narrative: SEVERAL TIMES A YR THE SAVANNAH CTLRS ARE REQUIRED TO STAFF A TEMPORARY TWR AT (HXD) HILTON HEAD. SAVANNAH IS EXTREMELY SHORT STAFFED AND WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH CTLRS TO STAFF A NORMAL OP, LET ALONE INCREASED TFC SITS. THE TFC AT SAVANNAH APCH KEEPS INCREASING AND THE NUMBER OF 'GOOD' CTLRS KEEPS DECREASING, WE GET NO SUPPORT FROM THE MGR OR MGMNT. IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE SAFETY IS FULLY COMPROMISED. ALSO, SAVANNAH HAS 'SEVERAL' CTLRS THAT TRY TO 'SET UP' OTHER CTLRS FOR A SEPARATION ERROR AND MGMNT WILL NOT PUT AN END TO THIS ILLEGAL PRACTICE. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: THE RPTR STATED THAT NOTHING HAS CHANGED AT THE FACILITY SINCE THE ASRS RPT WAS SUBMITTED. RPTR BELIEVES THAT THE NATCA FACILITY REPRESENTATIVE HAS A PERSONAL AGENDA AND HAS BEEN THE ROOT OF SOME OF THE PROBS. LCL NATCA DOES NOT WANT TO ADDRESS ANY OF THE PROBS MENTIONED IN HIS RPT BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WANT TO 'ROCK THE BOAT' WITH MGMNT. THE RPTR STATED THAT HE IS AWARE OF HOTLINE CALLS BEING MADE BY SOME TO THE FAA AND ALSO HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT CHARGES BEING FILED.
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.