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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : pfn|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : pam|
tower : pfn
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Primary Problem||Navigational Facility|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|ATC Facility||procedure or policy : unspecified|
Normal procedure in the panama city tower/tyndall radar (maintenance) is to remove the radar from service. Tyndall provides maintenance and has radar service for the area. Weekends are slow or down days for the air force so maintenance is performed at this time. Panama city traffic is up or more complex on fri, sat and sun. It does not appear that pfn traffic is considered when radar is removed from service. In house complaints and requests have been made. No change has been noticed. It should be pointed out that pfn tower is a VFR tower. This is what we are basically told when we try to keep the BRITE in service. The military does not want to do maintenance at night (verbally understand no night shift) and the FAA maintenance does not want to flex their work schedule to cover night shift maintenance or training. Therefore, safety in the air traffic area is sacrificed.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: TWR CTLR COMPLAINT REFERNCE AIR FORCE RADAR MAINTENANCE POLICY.
Narrative: NORMAL PROC IN THE PANAMA CITY TWR/TYNDALL RADAR (MAINT) IS TO REMOVE THE RADAR FROM SVC. TYNDALL PROVIDES MAINT AND HAS RADAR SVC FOR THE AREA. WEEKENDS ARE SLOW OR DOWN DAYS FOR THE AIR FORCE SO MAINT IS PERFORMED AT THIS TIME. PANAMA CITY TFC IS UP OR MORE COMPLEX ON FRI, SAT AND SUN. IT DOES NOT APPEAR THAT PFN TFC IS CONSIDERED WHEN RADAR IS REMOVED FROM SVC. IN HOUSE COMPLAINTS AND REQUESTS HAVE BEEN MADE. NO CHANGE HAS BEEN NOTICED. IT SHOULD BE POINTED OUT THAT PFN TWR IS A VFR TWR. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE BASICALLY TOLD WHEN WE TRY TO KEEP THE BRITE IN SVC. THE MIL DOES NOT WANT TO DO MAINT AT NIGHT (VERBALLY UNDERSTAND NO NIGHT SHIFT) AND THE FAA MAINT DOES NOT WANT TO FLEX THEIR WORK SCHEDULE TO COVER NIGHT SHIFT MAINT OR TRNING. THEREFORE, SAFETY IN THE ATA IS SACRIFICED.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 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.