AMPHIBIOUS ATC SCOPE
On an LHA or LHD, a majority of the duties performed by air traffic controllers takes
place in the AATCC by ship's company personnel or in the TACC by Tactical Air Control
Squadron (TACRON) personnel. AATCC and TACRON personnel provide either air
control or mission control services in support of air operations.
AATCC and TACRON Descriptions
AATCC and PriFly are responsible for air traffic control functions and the control of all
air traffic operating in the control area. Control functions are delegated as follows:
PriFly is responsible for the visual control of aircraft within the control zone.
AATCC controls aircraft in the control area during departure, recovery, and en
TACRONs provide the mission control services to aircraft in an Amphibious
Objective Area (AOA).
AATCC is under the direction of the Air Ops officer. AATCC assumes control of aircraft
after launch and retains control of aircraft until they are transferred to a mission
controller. AATCC resumes control after aircraft complete their missions, and it retains
control of aircraft until control can be assumed by PriFly, Landing Signal Enlisted (LSE),
Mission control functions are performed by a TACRON deployed on a ship. Mission
control involves the direction and assistance to aircraft during the execution of their
tactical mission. A TACRON is responsible for mission control of all aircraft operating
within an AOA/AOR/High density Airspace Control Zone (HIDACZ) until control can be
safely assumed by a shore-based or airborne forward controller. In addition, a TACRON
often assumes an operational role and may take control of aircraft that operate within
the control area. TACRON controllers work in the TACC.
Amphibious Objective Area
AOA is a geographic area delineated in the initiating directive, for purpose of command
and control of amphibious operations. The airspace associated with an AOA is
effectively a HIDACZ.