If performance is not satisfactory and there have been no extenuating
circumstances, the ATCFO must not grant a continuance. At this point the trainee
must be removed from a training status.
Controller Currency and Proficiency Ashore
The ATCFO shall institute procedures to ensure controllers adhere to the currency
Control currency and proficiency definitions:
Currency Prescribed minimum time requirement necessary to work an
operational position independently under general supervision
Proficiency Knowing, understanding, and applying air traffic procedures in a
safe and efficient manner
Currency Requirements (Other Than Final Control)
Personnel shall meet the following minimum time requirements each calendar month:
FWS, Training Chief, and Branch Chiefs shall work an operating position a
minimum of four hours in each branch qualified.
Tower and RADAR Supervisors shall work an operating position a minimum of
four hours within the designated branch.
minimum of two hours.
Flight Planning shall be at the discretion of the ATCFO.
A lapse in currency shall require the controller to be monitored for proficiency and an
ATC Training Evaluation Report Form submitted.
RADAR Final Control Requirements
Final controllers shall not conduct final approaches during Instrument Meteorological
Conditions (IMC) unless they have controlled at least 10 approaches in the preceding
calendar month. To the greatest extent practical, controllers should control live
approaches to maintain currency/proficiency. During periods of insufficient traffic
situations, controller currency/proficiency can be maintained by use of a simulator under
proper supervision. The use of simulator approaches shall be counted only by the
controller making the approach. Monitored simulated approaches are not considered
adequate to maintain currency and proficiency. When the simulator is not available, the
ATCFO has the authority to waive this requirement.
Controller Performance Evaluations
Monitoring does not stop once the person is qualified.