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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : cmh.tower|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||EMB ERJ 145 ER&LR|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : taxi|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : ground|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller radar : 26|
controller time certified in position1 : 15
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
Retirements have not only affected controller numbers; as the number of supervisors in our facility have dropped. We have 7 teams; but currently we're down to 4 front line mgrs. These days; it is rare that we have a supervisor in the tower cabin attendant; as it is pretty much always staffed with a controller in charge. The controller in charge is usually one of the controllers working clearance delivery or ground control. As we have more and more training of developmental controllers taking place; the controller in charge position will often have to be combined at local control. When that situation occurs (controller in charge at local control); local control can no longer utilize taxi into position and hold procedures. That occurred just now; and local control blatantly disregarded the 'no taxi into position and hold' procedure. With lack of supervision; this type of disregard for official procedures is more likely to occur. And the new and upcoming crop of controllers are likely to copy such behavior.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: CMH CTLR DESCRIBED A NON COMPLIANT TIPH EVENT WITH REGARD TO STAFFING REQUIREMENTS; CITING LACK OF SUPVR STAFF AS CONTRIBUTORY.
Narrative: RETIREMENTS HAVE NOT ONLY AFFECTED CTLR NUMBERS; AS THE NUMBER OF SUPVRS IN OUR FACILITY HAVE DROPPED. WE HAVE 7 TEAMS; BUT CURRENTLY WE'RE DOWN TO 4 FRONT LINE MGRS. THESE DAYS; IT IS RARE THAT WE HAVE A SUPVR IN THE TWR CAB; AS IT IS PRETTY MUCH ALWAYS STAFFED WITH A CIC. THE CIC IS USUALLY ONE OF THE CTLRS WORKING CLRNC DELIVERY OR GND CTL. AS WE HAVE MORE AND MORE TRAINING OF DEVELOPMENTAL CTLRS TAKING PLACE; THE CIC POS WILL OFTEN HAVE TO BE COMBINED AT LCL CTL. WHEN THAT SITUATION OCCURS (CIC AT LCL CTL); LCL CTL CAN NO LONGER UTILIZE TAXI INTO POS AND HOLD PROCS. THAT OCCURRED JUST NOW; AND LCL CTL BLATANTLY DISREGARDED THE 'NO TAXI INTO POS AND HOLD' PROC. WITH LACK OF SUPERVISION; THIS TYPE OF DISREGARD FOR OFFICIAL PROCS IS MORE LIKELY TO OCCUR. AND THE NEW AND UPCOMING CROP OF CTLRS ARE LIKELY TO COPY SUCH BEHAVIOR.
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.