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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : rsw.tower|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller radar : 22|
controller time certified in position1 : 16
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|ATC Facility||procedure or policy : rsw.tower|
I am an atcs at rsw (fort myers; fl). The facility is in total chaos! The air traffic manager opted to not give the controllers an oral briefing on the transition from our old runway 6/24 to our new runway 5/23 (as the old runway is resurfaced). We were simply told to read a piece of paper which was supposed to explain the transition. Our questions either went unanswered or the supervisors/staff/manager replied with an 'I don't know.' instead of LOA with the port authority/authorized (which owns the airport); we now have 'gentlemen's agreements' or simply a 'memo.' this is illegal; and worst of all; we still do not know exactly where we can turn aircraft off the runway. To make matters worse; the supervisors disagree with one another on this matter. The atm has not shown any leadership on this matter. Also; we still do not know exactly how far off the runway a recently landed aircraft has to be before the next departure can be given takeoff instructions.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: RSW CTLR DESCRIBED UNWANTED MGMNT PRACTICES INVOLVING UTILIZATION OF TXWY A AS A TEMPORARY RWY DURING CONSTRUCTION.
Narrative: I AM AN ATCS AT RSW (FORT MYERS; FL). THE FACILITY IS IN TOTAL CHAOS! THE AIR TFC MGR OPTED TO NOT GIVE THE CTLRS AN ORAL BRIEFING ON THE TRANSITION FROM OUR OLD RWY 6/24 TO OUR NEW RWY 5/23 (AS THE OLD RWY IS RESURFACED). WE WERE SIMPLY TOLD TO READ A PIECE OF PAPER WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO EXPLAIN THE TRANSITION. OUR QUESTIONS EITHER WENT UNANSWERED OR THE SUPVRS/STAFF/MGR REPLIED WITH AN 'I DON'T KNOW.' INSTEAD OF LOA WITH THE PORT AUTH (WHICH OWNS THE ARPT); WE NOW HAVE 'GENTLEMEN'S AGREEMENTS' OR SIMPLY A 'MEMO.' THIS IS ILLEGAL; AND WORST OF ALL; WE STILL DO NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHERE WE CAN TURN ACFT OFF THE RWY. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE; THE SUPVRS DISAGREE WITH ONE ANOTHER ON THIS MATTER. THE ATM HAS NOT SHOWN ANY LEADERSHIP ON THIS MATTER. ALSO; WE STILL DO NOT KNOW EXACTLY HOW FAR OFF THE RWY A RECENTLY LANDED ACFT HAS TO BE BEFORE THE NEXT DEP CAN BE GIVEN TKOF INSTRUCTIONS.
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.