Re-routes during bad weather or SWAP

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Re-routes during bad weather or SWAP

Postby Darryl Flora » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:51 pm

How do controllers know what routes to send aircraft on? Do they use the Coded Routes found via the IDS system on our (zdc) website?

Always been curious to know

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Re: Re-routes during bad weather or SWAP

Postby Gene Cao » Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:39 am

FAA JO 7210.3X Change 1 defines it in 17-14-2.

http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies ... ID/1019804


SWAP statements are prepared by ARTCC (center) Traffic Management Units as deemed necessary anytime there is adverse weather that would affect one or more routes of flight through their coverage area. They can include any combination of Coded Departure Routes, playbook, FEA/FCA, tunneling, ground stop, ground delay programs they would like to be considered. These are sent to the ATCSCC (system command center...where kyle works) to be discussed and coordinated, to be sent out as a SWAP advisory. This advisory goes to all facilities that are affected by said traffic management initiatives.

What you are probably familiar with is the "National Playbook" which has predefined reroutings that are commonly used. These are a collection of SWAP routes that have been validated by ATCSCC and make for easy coordination with impacted ARTCCs. However, SWAP can include many items outside the playbook.


Simple answer to your question: Center TMUs send request to ATCSCC which distributes to affected facilities. The managers at said facilities tell the controllers to solicit pilot compliance with request.
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Re: Re-routes during bad weather or SWAP

Postby Kyle Rodgers » Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:50 am

Yep...that ^

In the end, it's all about how strong your TMU and weather unit are.



To add, though, coded departure routes (CDRs) are still somewhat of a CF, particularly in NY. One will be solicited, and filed, and then someone in the cab (who didn't get the memo) will clear them onto another route that's highly delayed. It's been a process to get them all to talk to each other (go figure) so that everyone's on the same page and actually using the CDRs. Of course, as soon as a new process was developed and everyone saw merit in it, someone up top stepped in to say it needs to be better refined and trained...

Some days, I think we're more organized on VATSIM than they are...

Another part to add is that use of CDRs allows the controller providing the clearance an opportunity to avoid reading a full route clearance. As an example, say ATL TRACON is getting slammed (weather-wise) on the north and northeast corners. Someone who files "CDR Capable" (in the remarks) could be given a reroute of "ATLIAD8S," instead of "radar vectors SOONE direct MCN direct DBN direct CAE J51 FAK COATT4."
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Re: Re-routes during bad weather or SWAP

Postby Gene Cao » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:51 pm

Its always fun when you hear a combined clearance/ground frequency bogged down by a full route clearance to DGAA....while ur engine is running and money is being shoveled out the window
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Re: Re-routes during bad weather or SWAP

Postby Darryl Flora » Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:51 pm

Thanks all for the responses. @ Gene yes.. I have listened to a FRC to Dubai or another far off place haha.

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Re: Re-routes during bad weather or SWAP

Postby Kyle Rodgers » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:39 am

Working on a new solution to that:
Textual clearances. Yaaaay.

It's in Phase 1, but a more robust version is being developed for P2:
http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/hea ... _final.pdf

Right now (Phase 1), if the connection/session doesn't initialize properly the system drops to the standard voice procedure. In the future, it'll have fallbacks before hitting voice. Super useful when the frequency is bogged down by a full route clearance to DGAA while your engine is running and money is being shoveled out the window.
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