Job Description for Field Airspace Coordinator

(Note - the following was part of a letter prepared for DoD requesting their support for Airspace Coordinators).

Airspace coordinators are a critical asset in preventing mid air collisions and maintain safety near and within Temporary Flight Restrictions. Currently there are approximately 10 airspace coordination specialists within land management agencies who have been deployed on fire assignments. I am requesting assistance from the States of Idaho, Montana and Utah for assistance in airspace coordination via the Air National Guard or the Army National Guard..

Preferred assignment of length is 14 days but could be shortened or lengthened. Hotel accomodations and vehicle will be provided. Meals will not be provided. Assignment location could change within assigned State based on need.

Positions would report to and work for Julie Stewart, Lead Airspace Coordination Specialist temporarily based in Salt Lake City where we are providing support nationally for airspace coordination.

Airspace Coordinators need to have the following skills:

  1. Ability to read and plot TFRs (Temporary Flight restrictions) on NOAA Aviation Sectionals. Understanding of US NOTAM office technical definitions of Temporary Flight Restrictions
  2. Understanding of the NAS (National Airspace System).
  3. Ability to present safety briefings to pilots on TFR locations.
  4. Ability to build/maintain computer spread sheets and word perfect documents. Ability to access websites via Internet for briefing papers.
  5. Ability to present safety briefings and maintain "good neighbor" relationships with FBO's and Airport Managers.
  6. Ability to build TFR wall board maps on aeronautical sectionals for display at airports And dispatch centers.
  7. Ability to research TFR intrusions and Near Mid Air accidents. Participation in daily Conference calls.
  8. Ability to understand and follow chain of command system for procuring resources (Office supplies, support items including vehicle rentals, cell phones, hotel reservations, etc)
  9. Ability to maintain close contact with Lead Airspace Specialist located in Salt Lake City With multiple briefings and requests for assistance.
  10. Ability to coordinate peaceful relationships with FAA ARTCC's, FSS, FSDO's and Temporary Towers located at airports and helibases. Be responsive and coordinate FAA Controllers needs and provide assistance.
  11. Ability to liaison with DoD Scheduling Activities for MTR's and SUA, AFReps, DARRs NAVReps regarding MTR Closures and SUA closures.
  12. Position is non authoritative but supportive for aviation operations for wildfire activities.