One of the rookie air traffic controllers in my area had an operational error last week.
An operational error in air traffic control occurs when a controller fails to follow the separation standards and gets two or more aircraft too close together, or when he gets an aircraft into another controller’s airspace (or other protected airspace) without permission.
The rookie was transferring a flight to another controller which usually involves taking the data block (the computer information tag on the radar scope associated with an airplane) and flashing it at another controller. This is called an automated “handoff”. The receiving controller sees the new data block flashing at him on his radar display and makes a computer entry to accept …Read more