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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : zau.artcc|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 24000|
msl bound upper : 34000
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller non radar : 8|
controller radar : 10
controller time certified in position1 : 7
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|ATC Facility||procedure or policy : zau.artcc|
Airspace southeast of chicago; ZAU airspace; had been changed. Many stars and procedures have changed also. I was working the logan sector; #34; for 2 hours; during which there was an extreme amount of traffic entering that sector. There were no flow initiatives put in for mke inbounds or dtw inbounds by traffic management. The sector as a result went 'red' -- too many aircraft in the sector in order to be managed safely. Traffic management and ZAU management have made very poor decisions regarding the new procedures and airspace changes. Too many aircraft are now being routed into an already busy sector and flow/management are doing nothing to flow the traffic; rerte traffic; or make changes to a dangerous situation that has developed. In order to correct this situation; more productive flow programs need to be developed to control the mke rush and the dtw rush; or possibly the mke traffic should be rerted to a different route to circumvent the logan (and fwa) sectors.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ZAU CTLR EXPRESSED CONCERN REGARDING NEW SECTORIZATION IMPLEMENTATION AND LACK OF TRAINING AND INFO ON THE SUBJECT CHANGE.
Narrative: AIRSPACE SE OF CHICAGO; ZAU AIRSPACE; HAD BEEN CHANGED. MANY STARS AND PROCS HAVE CHANGED ALSO. I WAS WORKING THE LOGAN SECTOR; #34; FOR 2 HRS; DURING WHICH THERE WAS AN EXTREME AMOUNT OF TFC ENTERING THAT SECTOR. THERE WERE NO FLOW INITIATIVES PUT IN FOR MKE INBOUNDS OR DTW INBOUNDS BY TFC MGMNT. THE SECTOR AS A RESULT WENT 'RED' -- TOO MANY ACFT IN THE SECTOR IN ORDER TO BE MANAGED SAFELY. TFC MGMNT AND ZAU MGMNT HAVE MADE VERY POOR DECISIONS REGARDING THE NEW PROCS AND AIRSPACE CHANGES. TOO MANY ACFT ARE NOW BEING ROUTED INTO AN ALREADY BUSY SECTOR AND FLOW/MGMNT ARE DOING NOTHING TO FLOW THE TFC; RERTE TFC; OR MAKE CHANGES TO A DANGEROUS SITUATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED. IN ORDER TO CORRECT THIS SITUATION; MORE PRODUCTIVE FLOW PROGRAMS NEED TO BE DEVELOPED TO CTL THE MKE RUSH AND THE DTW RUSH; OR POSSIBLY THE MKE TFC SHOULD BE RERTED TO A DIFFERENT RTE TO CIRCUMVENT THE LOGAN (AND FWA) SECTORS.
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.