Controller Error Reporting changed

 - July 27, 2009, 7:30 AM

The FAA moved the reporting of operational errors by air traffic controllers away from a punitive system to “one in which understanding why operational errors occur and how to prevent them takes precedent.” Most notably, operational-error reports will not include the name of the controller involved in the incident, a move meant to encourage the reporting of problems. However, the identities of controllers involved will be known at the affected facility so that follow-up training can be conducted, if necessary. Additionally, controllers involved in an operational error will not be removed from their position, unless it is deemed necessary. According to the FAA, these reporting changes do not alter the investigation and analysis of operational errors, nor do they change the requirements for addressing the contributing factors to an event.