Approach  Control  Surveillance  Rating


1.  Requirements for issuing  rating.– An applicant for an Approach Control Surveillance Rating shall satisfy the following requirements, namely:


    (a)    Knowledge.– He shall hold an Air Traffic Controller’s Licence or a Student Air Traffic Controller’s Licence and shall have demonstrated the required level of knowledge by passing examination in at least the following subjects in relation to the area of responsibility at a particular place, namely:–


              (i)         Airspace structure

              (ii)        Applicable rules, procedures and source of information

              (iii)       Air navigation facilities

              (iv)       Air traffic control equipment and its use

              (v)        Terrain and prominent landmarks

              (vi)       Characteristics of air traffic and traffic flow

              (vii)      Weather phenomena

              (viii)     Emergency and search and rescue plans

(ix)       Principles, use and limitations of applicable Air Traffic Services Surveillance Systems and associated equipment

(x)        Procedures for the provision of Air Traffic Services Surveillance Service, as appropriate, including procedures to ensure appropriate terrain clearance

(xi)       Any other subject considered appropriate for the particular Air Traffic Services unit.


     (b)   Experience.– He shall produce a certificate of his –


(i)      having satisfactorily completed an approved training course on the surveillance system; and


(i)           having undergone on-the-job training under the supervision of an instructor or authorised Air Traffic Controller’s Licence holder for a period of not less than three months, during which at least one hundred and eighty hours of training has been completed, at the unit for which the rating is sought:


Provided that the Director-General may reduce the period of on-the-job-training, subject to the conditions specified in this regard, for an air traffic controller holding or having held an Approach Control Surveillance Rating for any other aerodrome or any other rating of that aerodrome. 


     (c) Skill.– He shall have been assessed successful by a Board or examiner regarding his skill, judgement and performance to provide a safe, orderly and expeditious approach control service, including the recognition and management of threats and errors and the assessment shall be conducted as soon as possible after the completion of on-the-job training requirement.


    2.  Validity. The rating shall become invalid if an air traffic controller has not exercised the privileges of the rating for a period exceeding six months.


   3. Revalidation. A rating shall be revalidated as provided in rule 110.


     4.    Privileges.(a) The privileges of the holder shall be to provide or to supervise the provision of Approach Control Service with the use of applicable Air Traffic Services surveillance systems for the aerodrome or aerodromes for which he is rated, within the airspace or portion thereof, falling under the jurisdiction of the unit providing Approach Control Service.


     (b) Before exercising the privileges, the holder of the rating shall be familiar with all pertinent and current information.




[Inserted by GSR No 64(E) dated 3-2-2012; and

Amended by GSR 1089(E) dated 05-11-2018]