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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : jot|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 25000|
msl bound upper : 25000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zau|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Large Transport, Low Wing, 3 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Route In Use||enroute airway : zau|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 225|
flight time total : 10000
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||ATC Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|ATC Facility||other physical facility|
ZAU frequency 132.15 has been extremely saturated during this time of day (approximately XX10 CDT). Today I attempted to make initial contact 5 times before contact was established. This controller is handling inbnds and departures to and from chicago. Radio calls are continuously blocked due to multiple xmissions. This condition has existed on all 3 flts that I have flown this month. There is a definite need for an additional controller and another frequency to handle the high workload. This is currently a safety problem.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: FLT CREW COMPLAINT ABOUT ARTCC FREQ CONGESTION.
Narrative: ZAU FREQ 132.15 HAS BEEN EXTREMELY SATURATED DURING THIS TIME OF DAY (APPROX XX10 CDT). TODAY I ATTEMPTED TO MAKE INITIAL CONTACT 5 TIMES BEFORE CONTACT WAS ESTABLISHED. THIS CTLR IS HANDLING INBNDS AND DEPS TO AND FROM CHICAGO. RADIO CALLS ARE CONTINUOUSLY BLOCKED DUE TO MULTIPLE XMISSIONS. THIS CONDITION HAS EXISTED ON ALL 3 FLTS THAT I HAVE FLOWN THIS MONTH. THERE IS A DEFINITE NEED FOR AN ADDITIONAL CTLR AND ANOTHER FREQ TO HANDLE THE HIGH WORKLOAD. THIS IS CURRENTLY A SAFETY PROB.
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.