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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : zob.artcc|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : zzz.tower|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller military : 3|
controller radar : 22
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
First line supervisor was attempting to have controller look at a list of controller in charge items (duties); asking that I initial the ones (items) that I was familiar with. These type of actions by the supervisor constitute administrative duties which are an unnecessary distraction for a controller signed into a radar sector (high altitude). Furthermore; this list is a contentious issue at present. This supervisor continued around the control room making requests. As the control room became noisier due to conversation(south) associated with the requests; I was relieved from radar position bki. I observed the supervisor in a somewhat intense conversation with my relieving controller as I was leaving. The supervisor could see the controller was not paying attention to traffic. I decided to ask the area manager to go see this. I sincerely worried the supervisor was going to cause a loss of separation that day. The supervisor needs to do administrative-type work after seeing to it that controllers are away from radar scopes. It was very difficult for me to decide that I had to call the supervisor's boss down to stop the disruptive behavior!
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ZOB CTLR EXPRESSED CONCERN REGARDING SUPVR'S DISTR ON THE CTL ROOM FLOOR AS THE SUPVR WAS QUESTIONING CTLRS ON POS.
Narrative: FIRST LINE SUPVR WAS ATTEMPTING TO HAVE CTLR LOOK AT A LIST OF CIC ITEMS (DUTIES); ASKING THAT I INITIAL THE ONES (ITEMS) THAT I WAS FAMILIAR WITH. THESE TYPE OF ACTIONS BY THE SUPVR CONSTITUTE ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES WHICH ARE AN UNNECESSARY DISTR FOR A CTLR SIGNED INTO A RADAR SECTOR (HIGH ALT). FURTHERMORE; THIS LIST IS A CONTENTIOUS ISSUE AT PRESENT. THIS SUPVR CONTINUED AROUND THE CTL ROOM MAKING REQUESTS. AS THE CTL ROOM BECAME NOISIER DUE TO CONVERSATION(S) ASSOCIATED WITH THE REQUESTS; I WAS RELIEVED FROM RADAR POS BKI. I OBSERVED THE SUPVR IN A SOMEWHAT INTENSE CONVERSATION WITH MY RELIEVING CTLR AS I WAS LEAVING. THE SUPVR COULD SEE THE CTLR WAS NOT PAYING ATTN TO TFC. I DECIDED TO ASK THE AREA MGR TO GO SEE THIS. I SINCERELY WORRIED THE SUPVR WAS GOING TO CAUSE A LOSS OF SEPARATION THAT DAY. THE SUPVR NEEDS TO DO ADMINISTRATIVE-TYPE WORK AFTER SEEING TO IT THAT CTLRS ARE AWAY FROM RADAR SCOPES. IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO DECIDE THAT I HAD TO CALL THE SUPVR'S BOSS DOWN TO STOP THE DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR!
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 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.