New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) Operational Assessment (March 2- May 6, 2005)

On March 2, 2005, the Federal Aviation Administration convened a team of safety experts, investigators, current and former air traffic controllers, and human resource and finance professionals to begin a 60-day on-site operational assessment of its New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (the New York TRACON) facility. This report is a summary of their findings and recommendations. Briefly stated, the findings are as follows: (1) Unreported operational errors found during this assessment did not jeopardize safety; (2) New York TRACON was not understaffed; (3) The Quality Assurance Program at the New York TRACON has not been effective; (4) New York TRACON has the highest overtime cost per operation of any large TRACON; (5) Current scheduling practices require unnecessary overtime to meet operational needs; (6) Schedule manipulation, low time-on-position, inappropriate use of sick leave, and high rates of Occupational Workman's Compensation Program (OWCP) at New York TRACON contribute to its high cost per Air Traffic operation; (7) Despite a sharp decrease in traffic counts in the Islip area staffing levels have remained constant; and (8) A culture of insubordination and intimidation exists at the New York TRACON that requires management attention to prevent derogation of safety.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Information contained herein is based on preliminary reports and is subject to revision.
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    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Publication Date: 2005-6-2


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 114p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01001468
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 27 2005 9:46AM