It's going to be an 8 up/down with tons of slow radar sectorsAnyone know the current situation with Kalamazoo? Ive read the Section 804 recommendation for merging the other Michigan approach controls and I'm confused exactly what the setup is out here and what the future will be like for this facility.
This.It's going to be an 8 up/down with tons of slow radar sectors
Once the merger happens fully will it still be an updown facility correct?Since AZO is a 6 right now, it will start as a 6 when they first start moving facilities over. They want to move MKG and GRR in Jan/Feb 2019 with LAN/MBS/FNT a couple months after. The cutover date for the latter was March 19 but the engineers have pushed it back to like May 12 already. If it gets delayed more, they will have to make it in the Fall because they cannot accomplish it in the summer.
The eventual facility level is not part of the MOU in any way, is non-negotiable, and NATCA neither agreed nor disagreed; the level is only set by traffic count validation. SO, NATCA did get the FAA to consider a new updated look at the traffic count with NATCAs CountOps people...not to "force" a level but to have accurate data to make the most informed decision for facility level. They said the FAA won't commit to a hard number because right now it's estimated. There is no TCI number but they said it "should" fall into lvl 8 easily.
When it becomes Great Lakes TRACON it will be a "new" facility and a full year of traffic data will not exist, so they will use 3 months per Appendix A of the contract: In circumstances where a facility meets all criteria for upgrade, EXCEPT that a full year of data does not exist, a validation may still take place. If it is determined that the missing data would have a de minimis impact on the calculation of the TCI, the validation will be conducted as though a full year of data exists.
ARB is a better facility, with an amazing facrep!Splitting that up/down into two areas was a bit of a scam, it’s not like Philly or Miami tower. I get it’s a lot of airspace but all of those TRACONs were very low volume other then GRR. And the tower is not too busy either.
GRR had 20.69% more radar operations than LAN (#2 behind GRR) in 2018. Their tower did way more than the other towers though.Splitting that up/down into two areas was a bit of a scam, it’s not like Philly or Miami tower. I get it’s a lot of airspace but all of those TRACONs were very low volume other then GRR. And the tower is not too busy either.
They audit the PCS moves really hard for 804 relocations, it’s hard to scam that and if you do good chance it eventually gets discovered and you will be paying that back with interest.Holy shit. Based on a 50 mile rule? Eek. That's a big deal. I hope they weren't misled by someone in a position of authority