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|Locale Reference||atc facility : sgf.tracon|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
controller : departure
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller radar : 20|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Problem Areas||Maintenance Human Performance|
|ATC Facility||computer equipment : sgf.tracon|
procedure or policy : sgf.tracon
This has been a reoccurring problem lately. Sgf and mzu approach controls are in a combined area. After 16 yrs of doing maintenance on a mid with little to no traffic; the af technicians have decided they would rather do the work on our ARTS on the busiest mid of the week. They are doing this solely at the convenience of the af technicians without regard to the impact on safety or air traffic. The primary issue is that they are removing our basic safety equipment from our use without any backup system in place. We have no supervisors or assistance available on the mid shift to help with the increased workload. The night they chose to do this maintenance is one of the busiest of the week. They usually do their periodic maintenance and software updates on our slowest nights. The new af technician doesn't want to work these nights; so they allowing him to do his work on another. This is dangerous and not in the best interest of the flying public.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SGF CTLR EXPRESSED CONCERN REGARDING NEW MAINT ARTS OUTAGE SCHEDULE; CHANGING FROM ONE MID TO A BUSIER MID SHIFT.
Narrative: THIS HAS BEEN A REOCCURRING PROB LATELY. SGF AND MZU APCH CTLS ARE IN A COMBINED AREA. AFTER 16 YRS OF DOING MAINT ON A MID WITH LITTLE TO NO TFC; THE AF TECHNICIANS HAVE DECIDED THEY WOULD RATHER DO THE WORK ON OUR ARTS ON THE BUSIEST MID OF THE WK. THEY ARE DOING THIS SOLELY AT THE CONVENIENCE OF THE AF TECHNICIANS WITHOUT REGARD TO THE IMPACT ON SAFETY OR AIR TFC. THE PRIMARY ISSUE IS THAT THEY ARE REMOVING OUR BASIC SAFETY EQUIP FROM OUR USE WITHOUT ANY BACKUP SYS IN PLACE. WE HAVE NO SUPVRS OR ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE ON THE MID SHIFT TO HELP WITH THE INCREASED WORKLOAD. THE NIGHT THEY CHOSE TO DO THIS MAINT IS ONE OF THE BUSIEST OF THE WK. THEY USUALLY DO THEIR PERIODIC MAINT AND SOFTWARE UPDATES ON OUR SLOWEST NIGHTS. THE NEW AF TECHNICIAN DOESN'T WANT TO WORK THESE NIGHTS; SO THEY ALLOWING HIM TO DO HIS WORK ON ANOTHER. THIS IS DANGEROUS AND NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE FLYING PUBLIC.
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.