2-10-1. EN ROUTE OR OCEANIC SECTOR TEAM POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

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  • 2-10-1. EN ROUTE OR OCEANIC SECTOR TEAM POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. En Route or Oceanic Sector Team Concept and Intent: There are no absolute divisions of responsibilities regarding position operations. The tasks to be completed remain the same whether one, two, or three people are working positions within a sector. The team, as a whole, has responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of that sector.
    2. Terms. The following terms will be used in en route facilities for the purpose of standardization:
      1. Sector. The area of control responsibility (delegated airspace) of the en route sector team, and the team as a whole.
      2. Radar Position (R). That position which is in direct communication with the aircraft and which uses radar information as the primary means of separation.
      3. Radar Associate (RA). That position some- times referred to as “D-Side” or “Manual Controller.”
      4. Radar Coordinator Position (RC). That position sometimes referred to as “Coordinator,” “Tracker,” or “Handoff Controller” (En Route).
      5. Radar Flight Data (FD). That position commonly referred to as “Assistant Controller” or “A-Side” position.
      6. Nonradar Position (NR). That position which is usually in direct communication with the aircraft and which uses nonradar procedures as the primary means of separation.
    3. Primary responsibilities of the En Route Sector Team Positions:
      1. Radar Position:
        1. (a) Ensure separation.
        2. (b) Initiate control instructions.
        3. (c) Monitor and operate radios.
        4. (d) Accept and initiate automated handoffs.
        5. (e) Assist the radar associate position with nonautomated handoff actions when needed.
        6. (f) Assist the radar associate position in coordination when needed.
        7. (g) Scan radar display. Correlate with flight progress strip information or EDST data, as applicable.
        8. (h) Ensure computer entries are completed on instructions or clearances you issue or receive.
        9. (i) Ensure strip marking and/or electronic flight data entries are completed on instructions or clearances you issue or receive.
        10. (j) Adjust equipment at radar position to be usable by all members of the team.
        11. (k) The radar controller must not be responsible for G/G communications when precluded by VSCS split functionality.
        12. (l) At ERAM facilities, ensure the situation display accurately reflects the status of all SAAs that impact their area of control responsibility.
      2. Radar Associate Position:
        1. (a) Ensure separation.
        2. (b) Where available, use EDST to plan, organize, and expedite the flow of traffic.
        3. (c) Initiate control instructions.
        4. (d) Operate interphones.
        5. (e) Accept and initiate nonautomated hand-offs, and ensure radar position is made aware of the actions.
        6. (f) Assist the radar position by accepting or initiating automated handoffs which are necessary for the continued smooth operation of the sector, and ensure that the radar position is made immediately aware of any action taken.
        7. (g) Coordinate, including pointouts.
        8. (h) Monitor radios when not performing higher priority duties.
        9. (i) Scan flight progress strips and/or EDST data. Correlate with radar data.
        10. (j) Manage flight progress strips and/or electronic flight data.
        11. (k) Ensure computer entries are completed on instructions issued or received. Enter instructions issued or received by the radar position when aware of those instructions.
        12. (l) As appropriate, ensure strip marking and/or EDST data entries are completed on instructions issued or received, and record instructions issued or received by the radar position when aware of them.
        13. (m) Adjust equipment at radar associate position to be usable by all members of the team.
        14. (n) Where authorized, perform EDST data entries to keep the activation status of designated Airspace Configuration Elements current.
        15. (o) At ERAM facilities, scan the radar associate display for electronically distributed information, evaluate the information, and take action as appropriate.
      3. Radar Coordinator Position:
        1. (a) Perform interfacility/intrafacility/sector/position coordination of traffic actions.
        2. (b) Advise the radar position and the radar associate position of sector actions required to accomplish overall objectives.
        3. (c) Perform any of the functions of the en route sector team which will assist in meeting situation objectives.
        4. (d) The RC controller must not be responsible for monitoring or operating radios when precluded by VSCS split functionality.

        NOTE: The Radar Position has the responsibility for managing the overall sector operations, including aircraft separation and traffic flows. The Radar Coordinator Position assumes responsibility for managing traffic flows and the Radar Position retains responsibility for aircraft separation when the Radar Coordinator Position is staffed.

      4. Radar Flight Data:
        1. (a) Operate interphone.
        2. (b) Assist Radar Associate Position in managing flight progress strips.
        3. (c) Receive/process and distribute flight progress strips.
        4. (d) Ensure flight data processing equipment is operational, except for EDST capabilities.
        5. (e) Request/receive and disseminate weather, NOTAMs, NAS status, traffic management, and Special Use Airspace status messages.
        6. (f) Manually prepare flight progress strips when automation systems are not available.
        7. (g) Enter flight data into computer.
        8. (h) Forward flight data via computer.
        9. (i) Assist facility/sector in meeting situation objectives.
      5. En Route Nonradar Position:
        1. (a) Ensure separation.
        2. (b) Initiate control instructions.
        3. (c) Monitor and operate radios.
        4. (d) Accept and initiate transfer of control, communications, and flight data.
        5. (e) Ensure computer entries are completed on instructions or clearances issued or received.
        6. (f) Ensure strip marking is completed on instructions or clearances issued or received.
        7. (g) Facilities utilizing nonradar positions may modify the standards contained in the radar associate, radar coordinator, and radar flight data sections to accommodate facility/sector needs, i.e., nonradar coordinator, nonradar data positions.
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