Albuquerque ARTCC

Air Route Traffic Control Center

Training Syllabus

Last Updated: 2020-09-12 19:27:36

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Purpose

This document sets forth the expectations, policies, and procedures for Controller training at Albuquerque ARTCC. The guidelines and processes contained herein shall be followed as outlined by all members of the ZAB Training Department.

Roles and Responsibilities

The syllabus shall be maintained by the Training Administrator (TA). Upon vacating the position, the outgoing TA shall provide the source file of this syllabus to the incoming TA, so that they may continue to modify this syllabus as needed. Policies shall be maintained in accordance with established VATSIM Global Rating Policies.
At no time shall any provision in this manual conflict with a VATSIM, VATNA, or VATUSA policy.

Distribution

This order is distributed to all Albuquerque ARTCC Controllers, Staff, Visiting controllers, and its new member through the ZAB website.

OBS > S1

Milestone GC1 — Basic ATC and Delta Introduction

Initial session shall be conducted at KFLG. Only a single session is required for this Milestone.

Timeframe: 1 session, 2 hours
Airfield: KFLG

Prerequisite Qualifications:

  • Signed up on VATSIM, assigned to ZAB
  • Passing score on ZAB S1 knowledge exam

Prerequisite Readings:

  • 7210.001 (Controller Policy Manual)
  • 7210.002 (Training Operations Manual)
  • VATUSA S1 CBT
  • S1 section of ZAB Phraseology Guide
  • KFLG Minor Field Reference Guide
  • Aircraft Equipment Suffix Guide
  • VFR Weather Minima
  • Airspace Entry Requirements

Files to Download:

  • Sector/Alias/POF files
  • AudioForVatsim (AFV) Standalone Client
  • vATIS
  • ZAB Quick Reference Guide
  • ZAB VOR Reference List

Introduction to VRC

Student will be walked through the initial setup of VRC (including Sweatbox) using a list of standard options. Certain settings may be tuned to their liking should it be necessary.
Topics to be covered:

  • Configuring a VRC “Profile” for specific positions
  • Communications Panel setup
  • Using Diagrams to display airport layouts, SIDs/STARs, special use airspace, etc.
  • Flight Strip Bay configuration
  • Function “F” keys and their associated commands
  • AFV standalone client configuration; transceiver setup, etc.

Introduction to KFLG

Student is introduced to KFLG and its airspace class. Student is instructed that while this training is only taking place at FLG, the concepts learned can be applied to any Class D airfield and that controlling Class C & B will build upon these concepts.
Concepts related to roles and responsibilities will be introduced at this stage:

  • Control positions and their responsibilities
  • Classes of airspace (including entry requirements)
  • Chart reading; primarily Airport Diagram / SID (STAR and IAP to be introduced, but covered in depth at S2>S3)
  • METAR decoding and determining airport flows
  • NE ODD / SW EVEN, RVSM and lowest usable FL based on altimeter
  • IFR vs VFR
  • Basic phraseology
  • CRAFT

Sweatbox

  • Student will run through the KFLG situation file on SweatBox and will continue practicing with them until proficiency is demonstrated:
    • File 1: KFLG – IFR/VFR with a mix of correct, incorrect and incomplete flight plans
  • A debrief will be conducted on the topics and material that were covered in the training session and any questions will be answered
  • New reading material for KABQ Class C operations will be assigned for the next Milestone
  • Training notes will be updated

Milestone GC2 — Class C Operations

Student will start training at KABQ. No more than two sessions should be required for this milestone.

Timeframe: 1-2 sessions, 2-4 hours total
Airfield: KABQ

Prerequisite Qualifications:

  • Milestone GC1 completed

Prerequisite Readings:

  • Albuquerque ATCT SOP (only CD and GC sections required)

Introduction to KABQ

Albuquerque Intl Sunport is the second busiest airport and one of five other Class C airfields within the ZAB airspace. The student will be introduced to the KABQ Class C airspace layout and topics regarding aircraft equipment and airspace entry requirements.

  • Create VRC profile for KABQ
  • Discuss pilot-nav, hybrid, and radar-vectored (non-RNAV) departures
  • ABQ (class C) VFR clearances

Sweatbox

  • Student will run through two separate situation files for ABQ on Sweatbox and will continue practicing with them until proficiency is demonstrated:
    • File 1: IFR/VFR with complete and correct flight plans
    • File 2: IFR/VFR with a mix of correct, incorrect, and incomplete flight plans
  • A debrief will be conducted on the topics and material that were covered in the training session and any questions will be answered
  • New reading material for KPHX Class B operations will be assigned for the next session
  • Training notes will be updated
  • Upon completion of milestone GC2, an S1 rating with Minor Field endorsements will be issued

Milestone GC3 — Class B Operations

Student starts training at KPHX. A least two sessions are to be conducted, one on the Sweatbox server, and one live on the network.

Timeframe: 2-4 sessions, 3+ hours total
Airfield: KPHX

Prerequisite Qualifications:

  • S1 rating
  • Milestone GC2 completed

Prerequisite Readings:

  • Phoenix ATCT SOP (only CD and GC sections required)
  • P50/PHX ATCT Letter of Agreement (LOA)
  • ZAB/ZLA Letter of Agreement (LOA)
  • KPHX Old SID Reference Sheet
  • KPHX Parking Diagram

Introduction to KPHX

Phoenix Sky Harbor is the busiest airport within ZAB and the only Class B airspace. It is designated as a “Major” airport and requires an Over-the-Shoulder (OTS) Exam or checkout by an Instructor prior to certification – regardless of one’s rating.

  • Create VRC profile for KPHX
  • Review airspace classes and entry requirements
  • Introduction to the VFR Class B clearance and what it means to clear aircraft “into”, “out of” and “through” the Class B airspace.

Sweatbox

  • Student will run through two separate situation files for PHX on Sweatbox and will continue practicing with them until proficiency is demonstrated:
    • File 1: IFR/VFR with complete and correct flight plans
    • File 2: IFR/VFR with a mix of correct, incorrect, and incomplete flight plans
  • A debrief will be conducted on the topics and material that were covered in the training session and any questions will be answered
  • Training notes will be updated

Live monitoring

  • Student shall conduct at least two hours of training on the live network under the supervision of a Mentor/Instructor
  • Upon completion of the GC3 milestone, the student will be assigned the S1 KPHX Major Ground exam
    • Exam is untimed and open book. It is highly encouraged that you take your time. Research and review each question thoroughly

Milestone GC4 — KPHX OTS

An OTS exam for the KPHX S1 Major Ground rating may be administrated on the Sweatbox server, or live on the network, depending on traffic levels. If traffic levels disallow for all rubric elements to be met, the OTS should be administrated on the Sweatbox server.

Prerequisite Qualifications:

  • S1 Rating
  • Milestone GC3 completed
  • Passing score on S1 KPHX Major Ground exam

OTS Evaluation:

  • Student will be graded by an instructor, using the S1 KPHX Major Ground OTS rubric
  • Student will be advised of PASS or FAIL score resulting from OTS evaluation
  • Upon a passing score from the OTS exam, student will be issued S1 Major Ground endorsement
  • Training notes will be updates

S1 > S2

Milestone LC1 — Basic Class D/C Operations

Student will mainly focus on departures during this milestone. This Milestone takes place on the Sweatbox server and should consist of no more than two sessions.

Timeframe: 2 sessions, 3-4 hours total
Airfield: KFLG & KABQ

Prerequisite Qualifications:

  • S1 Rating
  • Milestone GC4 completed
  • Passing score on ZAB S2 Knowledge exam
  • 5+ combined hours on Class C / D GC or CD positions

Prerequisite Readings:

  • S2 sections of ZAB Phraseology guide
  • Albuquerque ATCT SOP (LC section)
  • VATUSA S2 CBTs

Introduction to Basic LC

Student will be introduced to basic LC concepts at KFLG and KABQ. Student is instructed that while this training is only taking place at KFLG & KABQ, the concepts learned can be applied to any Class D/C airfield.

  • Airspace (ceilings, floors, and the “- minus” notations on sectional charts)
  • VFR outbound
  • Traffic pattern legs
  • Traffic pattern departures
  • Intersection departures
  • Rolling releases (Class C only)
  • Handoff to Departure
  • Landing/Takeoff clearances and their meaning
  • LAHSO, LUAW, and Runway crossings
  • Same Runway separation
  • Wake Turbulence separation
    • Time-based
    • Parallel runways
    • Aircraft categories
    • Intersection departures

Sweatbox

  • Student will run through two separate situation files on Sweatbox, one for KFLG and one for KABQ and will continue practicing with them until proficiency is demonstrated
    • File 1: KFLG - IFR/VFR with a mix of correct, incorrect, and incomplete flight plans
    • File 2: KABQ - IFR/VFR with a mix of correct, incorrect, and incomplete flight plans
  • A debrief will be conducted on the topics and material that were covered in the training session and any questions will be answered
  • Training notes will be updated
  • Upon completion of the LC1 Milestone, the student will be assigned the VATUSA S2 TWR exam
    • Exam is untimed and open book. It is highly encouraged that you take your time. Research and review each question thoroughly

Milestone LC2 — Advanced Class D/C Operations

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CCN119 A320/L KPHX - KCOS
SWA2006 B738/L KABQ - KDEN
FDX1837 B752/L KPHX - KOAK
JTN272 B738/ PHNL - KGYR
SWA1920 B738/L KPHX - MMSD

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