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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : zob.artcc|
|Flight Phase||ground : parked|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller radar : 23.5|
controller time certified in position1 : 23.5
flight time total : 60
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|ATC Facility||procedure or policy : zob.artcc|
staffing : zob.artcc
During a departure push from cle with scattered thunderstorms in the area; the supervisor decided to combine the yng sector and the dkk sector because of the lack of staffing for the evening shift. The combined sector was staffed with a trainee; an assistant; and myself the trainer. With 2 sectors and 2 frequencys the sector combination soon became difficult to manage. The trainee struggled with frequency changes while aircraft from the 2 frequencys checked in and covered one another. Numerous crossing situations needed to have altitudes amended while aircraft checked in and covered clrncs. Needless to say; this confusing situation would have been difficult for myself; let alone a trainee with only several hours on the sector. ZOB management routinely refuses to call overtime to staff already depleted controller numbers necessary to operate an area. D-side position are left unmanned when they normally would have been manned to assist a busy sector.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ZOB CTLR DESCRIBED BUSY OJT SESSION WHEN LACK OF STAFFING MADE OPERATION OF COMBINED SECTOR VERY DIFFICULT.
Narrative: DURING A DEP PUSH FROM CLE WITH SCATTERED TSTMS IN THE AREA; THE SUPVR DECIDED TO COMBINE THE YNG SECTOR AND THE DKK SECTOR BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF STAFFING FOR THE EVENING SHIFT. THE COMBINED SECTOR WAS STAFFED WITH A TRAINEE; AN ASSISTANT; AND MYSELF THE TRAINER. WITH 2 SECTORS AND 2 FREQS THE SECTOR COMBINATION SOON BECAME DIFFICULT TO MANAGE. THE TRAINEE STRUGGLED WITH FREQ CHANGES WHILE ACFT FROM THE 2 FREQS CHKED IN AND COVERED ONE ANOTHER. NUMEROUS XING SITUATIONS NEEDED TO HAVE ALTS AMENDED WHILE ACFT CHKED IN AND COVERED CLRNCS. NEEDLESS TO SAY; THIS CONFUSING SITUATION WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT FOR MYSELF; LET ALONE A TRAINEE WITH ONLY SEVERAL HRS ON THE SECTOR. ZOB MGMNT ROUTINELY REFUSES TO CALL OVERTIME TO STAFF ALREADY DEPLETED CTLR NUMBERS NECESSARY TO OPERATE AN AREA. D-SIDE POS ARE LEFT UNMANNED WHEN THEY NORMALLY WOULD HAVE BEEN MANNED TO ASSIST A BUSY SECTOR.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of May 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.