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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : npr|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 37000|
msl bound upper : 37000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : mjzs|
military facility : nrr
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Large Transport, Low Wing, 3 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute : atlantic|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||oversight : supervisor|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Anomaly||airspace violation : entry|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited penetrated airspace|
none taken : anomaly accepted
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Primary Problem||ATC Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Intra Facility Coordination Failure|
I was working the area supervisor position at the san juan cerap. It was the ninth day of the big fleetex military operation. Since the airspace confign was so complex, I made it a point to arrive early for the dayshift to debrief the midnight controllers (who work unsupervised) and to ascertain that all the military areas were posted appropriately. At XA50 the area manager called to say he would be several hours late because of car trouble. I advised the facility deputy manager of this, and he said he would send the training officer to fill in until the arrival of the area manager. (Prime shift supervisory coverage in the cerap is an area manager and an area supervisor.) because of the complexity of the military airspace, when the military operations specialist arrived, I requested that he again review the airspace with me. We edited the information in the ids computer display after conferring with afwtf (the military operations at roosevelt roads naval base). The morning was very busy--traffic was heavy, we were short staffed because of sick leave, and I had 5 developmentals to train. I also had 3 separate personnel problems to deal with during the shift. Needless to say I was very busy. Afwtf was continually adding, deleting and changing altitudes on the military warning areas. At XD15, afwtf called to reactivate west 370 from surface to FL450 and west 373 from surface to FL290 I inadvertently transposed the altitudes. An aircraft transited X370 at FL370. At the time we had 21 military areas hot. There was military activity at the time of the incident, but no other aircraft was involved. Afwtf called to point out the deviation.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ACR WAS CLEARED THROUGH ACTIVE WARNING AREA. OPERATIONAL DEVIATION.
Narrative: I WAS WORKING THE AREA SUPVR POS AT THE SAN JUAN CERAP. IT WAS THE NINTH DAY OF THE BIG FLEETEX MIL OPERATION. SINCE THE AIRSPACE CONFIGN WAS SO COMPLEX, I MADE IT A POINT TO ARRIVE EARLY FOR THE DAYSHIFT TO DEBRIEF THE MIDNIGHT CTLRS (WHO WORK UNSUPERVISED) AND TO ASCERTAIN THAT ALL THE MIL AREAS WERE POSTED APPROPRIATELY. AT XA50 THE AREA MGR CALLED TO SAY HE WOULD BE SEVERAL HRS LATE BECAUSE OF CAR TROUBLE. I ADVISED THE FAC DEPUTY MGR OF THIS, AND HE SAID HE WOULD SEND THE TRNING OFFICER TO FILL IN UNTIL THE ARRIVAL OF THE AREA MGR. (PRIME SHIFT SUPERVISORY COVERAGE IN THE CERAP IS AN AREA MGR AND AN AREA SUPVR.) BECAUSE OF THE COMPLEXITY OF THE MIL AIRSPACE, WHEN THE MIL OPS SPECIALIST ARRIVED, I REQUESTED THAT HE AGAIN REVIEW THE AIRSPACE WITH ME. WE EDITED THE INFO IN THE IDS COMPUTER DISPLAY AFTER CONFERRING WITH AFWTF (THE MIL OPS AT ROOSEVELT ROADS NAVAL BASE). THE MORNING WAS VERY BUSY--TFC WAS HEAVY, WE WERE SHORT STAFFED BECAUSE OF SICK LEAVE, AND I HAD 5 DEVELOPMENTALS TO TRAIN. I ALSO HAD 3 SEPARATE PERSONNEL PROBS TO DEAL WITH DURING THE SHIFT. NEEDLESS TO SAY I WAS VERY BUSY. AFWTF WAS CONTINUALLY ADDING, DELETING AND CHANGING ALTS ON THE MIL WARNING AREAS. AT XD15, AFWTF CALLED TO REACTIVATE W 370 FROM SURFACE TO FL450 AND W 373 FROM SURFACE TO FL290 I INADVERTENTLY TRANSPOSED THE ALTS. AN ACFT TRANSITED X370 AT FL370. AT THE TIME WE HAD 21 MIL AREAS HOT. THERE WAS MIL ACTIVITY AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT, BUT NO OTHER ACFT WAS INVOLVED. AFWTF CALLED TO POINT OUT THE DEVIATION.
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.