This is intended to be an in-flight reference for our ATC Liason team.
|Mission Elapsed Time||Action|
|T-24h||File HIBALL NOTAM|
|Initial is Shelbyville VOR (SHB), 187 Degree Radial, 22 miles|
|BAK xx/xxx BKM HIBAL SHB 187022|
|dd BND REACHING FL350 yymmddhhhh-yymmddhhhh|
|xx/xxx - system assigned identifer|
|dd - nearest cardinal heading (N,NE,E,SE,..)|
|yymmddhhh year=11 mm=month dd=day hhhh=time (GMT) Start and end timees|
|Call Indy Center, Give them the URL to FAA info page, ask if they want to know cutdown latency times with reports.|
|Call KBAK Tower, give them the URL to FAA info page|
|T-1h||Call Indy Center, give est launch time|
|Radio KBAK Tower, give est launch time|
|T-15m||Radio KBAK Tower, give est launch time|
|T-00m Launch||Radio KBAK Tower|
|Call Indy Center, Give them Launch Time, Estimated Climb Rate, Estimated time to reach Float Alt|
|T+35m +/- 10m Reaches Level Flight||Perform first Standard ATC Report procedure|
Skype Account for ATC Inbound phone #: (502) 442-0589
Columbus Municipal Airport / BAK
Lat 39°15'42.90”N Long 85°53'46.80”W
Lat 39.261917N Long 85.896333W
Surveyed Elevation is 656 feet MSL
|Section||101.37 FAA Notice requirements||White Star Info|
|1||The balloon identification.||Speedball-1|
|2||The estimated date and time of launching, amended as necessary to remain within plus or minus 30 minutes.||March 21, 2011 00:00 UTC|
|3||The location of the launching site.|| Initial is Shelbyville VOR (SHB), 187 Degree Radial, 22 miles
Columbus Municipal Airport BAK
|4||The cruising altitude.||FL350|
|5||The forecast trajectory and estimated time to cruising altitude or 60,000 feet standard pressure altitude, whichever is lower||30 min|
|6||The length and diameter of the balloon, length of the suspension device, weight of the payload, and length of the trailing antenna.|| Balloon is 7.85 feet in diameter.
Balloon length is 30.16 feet
Payload is 3.58 feet
Payload weight is 12 lbs.
Trailing antenna is 33ft
Total length is 66.77 feet
|7||The duration of flight.||72 hours max|
|8.A||The forecast time and location of impact with the surface of the earth.||TBD|
|8.B||For solar or cosmic disturbance investigations involving a critical time element, the information in paragraph (a) of this section shall be given within 30 minutes to 24 hours before beginning the operation.||N/A|
|8.C||Cancellation notice: If the operation is canceled, the person who intended to conduct the operation shall immediately notify the nearest FAA ATC facility.||On duty ATC person|
|8.D||Launch notice: Each person operating an unmanned free balloon shall notify the nearest FAA or military ATC facility of the launch time immediately after the balloon is launched.|| On duty ATC person
Indianapolis Center ARTCC ZID
FAA Regulation on position report contents and frequency: CFR Part 101.39 - FAA Ballon Regs
These are the daily flight paths assigned to trans-Atlantic airliners. These tracks are published twice daily, and they are only effective for a few hours each day. They are published in the day-time and the night-time. The day-time OTS is released at 2200 UTC and of the night-time OTS is at 1400 UTC.
We have maps of the daily North Atlantic Tracks, in two separate sets, Eastbound lanes, and Westbound lanes, with and without our forecast flight path overlaid. The track maps have a footer text that tells what hours and date in the UTC time zone that the tracks shown are active. ALWAYS BE AWARE OF WHAT HOURS THE TRACKS ARE ACTIVE, AND WHAT TIME IT IS NOW IN THE UTC TIME ZONE.
If our forecast trajectory goes within 5 degrees of the NAT, tell the flight director on duty, and confirm that they understand.
Waypoint names listed there are Reporting Waypoints from High Altitude Enroute Charts. Their location can be looked up at the Airspace Fixes tab of Airnav.com
If the automatic NAT track map fails to work, you must stay aware of the twice daily update of the North Atlantic Tracks. Every shift the Daily NAT bulletin should be referenced, and fully read. The tracks should be plotted on a map along with the balloon's forecast trajectory, at the time of bulletin publication.
This is important: At LAUNCH SpeedBall will be classified as a Medium Unmanned Free Balloon1), by international law, having a total of 5.4kg payload as two packages. After SpeedBall loses 1.4kg of ballast (~3lbs) it's classification changes to a Light Unmanned Free Balloon.
ALWAYS USE UTC TIME WHEN TALKING TO ATC
"Position" Callsign, "Flight Level" Altitude, Time "ZULU", Position Lat, Position Lon
Example: Position Speedball One, Flight Level tree four zero, at zero zero fife six ZULU, fife eight decimal two one niner eight west, tree seven decimal two two zero north
Report speed in KNOTS when requested
Postion, Speedball1, Lat, Long, HH:MM (in UTC), FL###, Estimating Lat,Long at HH:MM (in UTC), Lat, Long, HH:MM (in UTC) Next Report Speed in Mach number if requested
Example: Position, Speedball1, five six north, zero one zero west, at one two tree five flight level tree tree zero estimatating fix six north zero two zero west at one tree one zero five six north tree zero west next
|Position||Announcing Postion Report|
|five six north, zero one zero west||current position|
|at one two tree five||current time UTC|
|flight level tree tree zero||altitude express as flight level, FL330 = 33,000ft|
|Note proper ICAO Phraseology of the number three is spoken TREE|
|estimating five six north zero two west||estimate position of next fix. Over the NAT ATC requires aircraft to report every 10 degrees|
|at one tree one zero||ETA of next fix in UTC|
|five six north zero tree zero west next||2nd fix down the flight plan|
Not available at this time - Will be added later
RVSM Levels: FL310 to FL430
Oceanic controlled airspace: FL55 to FL600
NAT TRACKS message time of publication of the day-time OTS is 2200 UTC and of the night-time OTS is 1400 UTC.
Classified as a Medium Unmanned Free Balloon2), having a total of 5.4kg payload as two packages.
The balloon will be a Light Unmanned Free Balloon after all ballast has been dropped Payload < 4kg.
There is specific aviation terminology that must be understood and used when communicating with ATC. Verbal and written examples will be provided. Use international phonetic pronunciations of all letters and numbers.
|FL390, FL55||Flight Level Tree Niner Zero, Flight Level Fife Fife||These indicate altitude: 39,000ft, 5,500ft above mean sea level.|
|RVSM||R V S M||Reduced Vertical Separation Mimimum3)|