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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : zfw.artcc|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 0|
msl bound upper : 23000
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller radar : 19.3|
controller time certified in position1 : 18
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|ATC Facility||procedure or policy : zfw.artcc|
I recently reported on a management decision to revoke a waiver/directive to 7110.65 5-14-3 (reference 7210.3 8-2-7) concerning entering temporary altitudes for eastbound dfw terminal departures climbing from ZFW uim-lo (83) to either ZFW txk-hi (90) or ZFW slr-hi (71). Today; severe thunderstorms across ZFW airspace created an enormous increase in workload with departures having to be rerouted and additional overflt traffic in the airspace. Traffic volumes were very high. I found myself so busy working uim-lo (83) that I barely had time to get everything done -- and I had a d-side. I noticed the 2 high sectors were even busier than I. It was a simple decision to make: I stopped entering temporary-230. That decision was not challenged by the supervisor; reduced my workload and greatly reduced the workload of the high altitude controllers -- which is the whole intent of the waiver/directive provision! As I described in my previous report; I believe management made a bad decision to rescind this waiver/directive; and to date; have turned a deaf ear to reconsideration of their decision -- ignoring the increase in workload and benefits of working with the waiver/directive.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ZFW CTLR VOICED CONCERN REGARDING MGMNT'S DECISION TO CANCEL A LONG TIME OPS WAIVER; CLAIMING INCREASED WORKLOAD/COMPLEXITY.
Narrative: I RECENTLY RPTED ON A MGMNT DECISION TO REVOKE A WAIVER/DIRECTIVE TO 7110.65 5-14-3 (REF 7210.3 8-2-7) CONCERNING ENTERING TEMPORARY ALTS FOR EBOUND DFW TERMINAL DEPS CLBING FROM ZFW UIM-LO (83) TO EITHER ZFW TXK-HI (90) OR ZFW SLR-HI (71). TODAY; SEVERE TSTMS ACROSS ZFW AIRSPACE CREATED AN ENORMOUS INCREASE IN WORKLOAD WITH DEPS HAVING TO BE REROUTED AND ADDITIONAL OVERFLT TFC IN THE AIRSPACE. TFC VOLUMES WERE VERY HIGH. I FOUND MYSELF SO BUSY WORKING UIM-LO (83) THAT I BARELY HAD TIME TO GET EVERYTHING DONE -- AND I HAD A D-SIDE. I NOTICED THE 2 HIGH SECTORS WERE EVEN BUSIER THAN I. IT WAS A SIMPLE DECISION TO MAKE: I STOPPED ENTERING TEMPORARY-230. THAT DECISION WAS NOT CHALLENGED BY THE SUPVR; REDUCED MY WORKLOAD AND GREATLY REDUCED THE WORKLOAD OF THE HIGH ALT CTLRS -- WHICH IS THE WHOLE INTENT OF THE WAIVER/DIRECTIVE PROVISION! AS I DESCRIBED IN MY PREVIOUS RPT; I BELIEVE MGMNT MADE A BAD DECISION TO RESCIND THIS WAIVER/DIRECTIVE; AND TO DATE; HAVE TURNED A DEAF EAR TO RECONSIDERATION OF THEIR DECISION -- IGNORING THE INCREASE IN WORKLOAD AND BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH THE WAIVER/DIRECTIVE.
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.