Area  Control  Procedural  Rating


1.  Requirements for issuing rating.– An applicant for an Area Control Procedural 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 the examination in the following subjects in relation to the relevant Area Control Unit, 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 land marks

              (vi)       Characteristics of air traffic and traffic flow

              (vii)      Weather phenomena

              (viii)     Emergency and search and rescue plans

              (ix)     Any other subject considered appropriate for the particular place.


     (b) Experience.– He shall produce a certificate of his having undergone on-the-job training under the supervision of an instructor or authorised Air Traffic Controller 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, for  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 Area Control Procedural Rating for any other air traffic services unit. 


     (c)   Skill.– He shall have been assessed successful regarding his skill, judgment and performance to provide a safe, orderly and expeditious area control service and the assessment shall be conducted as soon as possible after the completion of on the job training requirement, but in any case not later than three months therefrom.


      2. Validity. The rating shall become invalid when 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 Area Control Service within the airspace jurisdiction of the control area or portion thereof for which he is rated.


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



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