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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : mem.tower|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : mem.tower|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Experience||controller military : 4|
controller radar : 18
controller time certified in position1 : 1
controller time certified in position2 : 2
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|ATC Facility||procedure or policy : mem.tower|
I was working local control 1 (local control-1) during the afternoon departure push. Local control 2 was open; cabin attendant coordinator was open; and there was a supervisor monitoring the operation. There were 4 or 5 J-35 and 'cuba gate' departures at runway 18R in sequence. Suddenly the cabin attendant coordinator rushed to my position to ask where my departures were going. When I told the cabin attendant coordinator J-35 and cuba gate; I was advised to stop all north departures. The cabin attendant coordinator informed me later that the supervisor had released an opposite direction departure off of runway 36C; and this departure would enter my airspace; and ultimately affect my departures that were assigned J-35 and cuba gate. The supervisor failed to coordination with the local control 1 position; and neglected to coordination with the cabin attendant coordinator. This happens on a daily basis here. Supervisors routinely approve releases and fail to inform other position that will be affected. We usually catch the error and stop our departures.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: MEM LCL CTLR DESCRIBED INCIDENT WHEN SUPVR CTLR RELEASED OPPOSITE DIRECTION TFC WITHOUT COMPLETING APPROPRIATE COORD.
Narrative: I WAS WORKING LCL CTL 1 (LC-1) DURING THE AFTERNOON DEP PUSH. LCL CTL 2 WAS OPEN; CAB COORDINATOR WAS OPEN; AND THERE WAS A SUPVR MONITORING THE OP. THERE WERE 4 OR 5 J-35 AND 'CUBA GATE' DEPS AT RWY 18R IN SEQUENCE. SUDDENLY THE CAB COORDINATOR RUSHED TO MY POS TO ASK WHERE MY DEPS WERE GOING. WHEN I TOLD THE CAB COORDINATOR J-35 AND CUBA GATE; I WAS ADVISED TO STOP ALL N DEPS. THE CAB COORDINATOR INFORMED ME LATER THAT THE SUPVR HAD RELEASED AN OPPOSITE DIRECTION DEP OFF OF RWY 36C; AND THIS DEP WOULD ENTER MY AIRSPACE; AND ULTIMATELY AFFECT MY DEPS THAT WERE ASSIGNED J-35 AND CUBA GATE. THE SUPVR FAILED TO COORD WITH THE LCL CTL 1 POS; AND NEGLECTED TO COORD WITH THE CAB COORDINATOR. THIS HAPPENS ON A DAILY BASIS HERE. SUPVRS ROUTINELY APPROVE RELEASES AND FAIL TO INFORM OTHER POS THAT WILL BE AFFECTED. WE USUALLY CATCH THE ERROR AND STOP OUR DEPS.
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.