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|Locale Reference||airport : sav.airport|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller military : 6.5|
controller radar : 17
controller time certified in position1 : 6.25
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Problem Areas||ATC Human Performance|
|ATC Facility||procedure or policy : sav.tower|
staffing : sav.tower
Management continues to fail in ensuring safety and in giving the controllers the tools to accomplish the job. Clearance delivery and ground control are once again combined together behind the local controller. Sav is class C airspace, everyone departing must have departure instructions or IFR clearance. It is impossible to do clearance delivery/ATIS/and watch taxiing aircraft. Certain txwys at sav are poorly marked, having ground not watch (all the time) these taxiing aircraft will and has caused runway incursions. To complicate matters radar data is opened while 2 radar sectors remained closed, and in fact, management combines radar data to the combined radar sector (radar data used to be the function of the stand alone clearance delivery in the tower). Management has increased our staffing needs without the people to do the jobs. I can't say how unsafe this operation has become. On many occasions there are 3 people in the tower (doing nothing) and 1 person by themselves in the TRACON. We at sav are forced to follow illegal orders and play management's unsafe game!
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SAV CTLR EXPRESSED FRUSTRATION REGARDING COMBINED TWR OPERATIONAL POS.
Narrative: MGMNT CONTINUES TO FAIL IN ENSURING SAFETY AND IN GIVING THE CTLRS THE TOOLS TO ACCOMPLISH THE JOB. CLRNC DELIVERY AND GND CTL ARE ONCE AGAIN COMBINED TOGETHER BEHIND THE LCL CTLR. SAV IS CLASS C AIRSPACE, EVERYONE DEPARTING MUST HAVE DEP INSTRUCTIONS OR IFR CLRNC. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DO CLRNC DELIVERY/ATIS/AND WATCH TAXIING ACFT. CERTAIN TXWYS AT SAV ARE POORLY MARKED, HAVING GND NOT WATCH (ALL THE TIME) THESE TAXIING ACFT WILL AND HAS CAUSED RWY INCURSIONS. TO COMPLICATE MATTERS RADAR DATA IS OPENED WHILE 2 RADAR SECTORS REMAINED CLOSED, AND IN FACT, MGMNT COMBINES RADAR DATA TO THE COMBINED RADAR SECTOR (RADAR DATA USED TO BE THE FUNCTION OF THE STAND ALONE CLRNC DELIVERY IN THE TWR). MGMNT HAS INCREASED OUR STAFFING NEEDS WITHOUT THE PEOPLE TO DO THE JOBS. I CAN'T SAY HOW UNSAFE THIS OP HAS BECOME. ON MANY OCCASIONS THERE ARE 3 PEOPLE IN THE TWR (DOING NOTHING) AND 1 PERSON BY THEMSELVES IN THE TRACON. WE AT SAV ARE FORCED TO FOLLOW ILLEGAL ORDERS AND PLAY MGMNT'S UNSAFE GAME!
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.