Senior Controller briefing[PDF]
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Requirements
- 3 Applying for the exam
- 4 Theoretical Senior Controller Exam
- 5 Practical Senior Controller Exam Part 1
- 6 Practical 2 Senior Controller Exam
- 7 Evaluation and marking method
- 8 Validation of the exam
- 9 After achieving this rating
- 10 See also
- 11 Reference
- 12 Author
This briefing is created to help candidates understand the purpose of this exam.
- Be at least 18 years old without exception
- Have your area control centre rating (ACC) since more than 1 year.
- Have your senior private pilot rating (SPP)
- Have at least 1000 hours of logged time on IVAN as an ATC (pilot hours are not taken into account)
- Have a clean suspension history during the last year
Applying for the exam
The theoretical and practical exam can be requested by directly accessing your exam status page.
- Theoretical exam: complete successfully the SEC online test
- Practical exam 1: consists of answering theoretical questions asked by examiner and check the knowledge of examinee about local procedures and LoA. English proficiency will be checked.
- Practical exam 2: check air traffic controller performance logged as an approach (APP) controller in a TMA which has at least one IFR compatible airport.
Theoretical Senior Controller Exam
- Each question includes 3 to 5 proposed answers among which only one is correct.
- You have a maximum of 45 minutes to fill in the examination paper, and should you exceed this limit, the exam will be automatically recorded as failed (default failed score = 0/100).
- These MCQ exams are automatically corrected (each question will be marked 0 for a wrong answer or 5 for a right answer).
- The pass-mark for the exam is 75/100 (corresponding to at least 15 correct answers)
The theoretical questions are mainly extracted from our training documentation or from Real ATPL Questions.
Practical Senior Controller Exam Part 1
After your successful theoretical exam, you can apply for Part 1 of the SEC exam. In case of success to Part 1, you can apply for Part 2. These 2 parts will be conducted in sequence on 2 consecutive sessions.
Some of the training material is available on the IVAO website following these links below:
Ask HQ Training Department if you need some help.
Theoretical knowledge and English proficiency evaluation
During the practical exam, the examiner shall question you about theoretical knowledge:
- Decode METAR / TAF including knowledge of RVR and weather phenomena
- Perfect knowledge of separation minimums, airspace classes and types
- Perfect knowledge of examinee’s airspace
- Good knowledge of local agreements (LoA)
- Knowledge of VFR and IFR rules and cruise levels associated including semi-circular rules
- Knowledge of how to handle RVSM issues when required
- Knowledge of ICAO/FAA/CAA rules (depending on examinee’s division)
Practical 2 Senior Controller Exam
IVAO software, connection and communication modes
The examiner will check your ability to correctly use the main functions of the software, mainly:
- establish a text and/or voice communication with pilots,
- fill out a correct ATIS,
- be able to transmit by text on your ATC frequency and privately, and make a conference in the chat tab
- retrieve a distant station ATIS, METAR and TAF
Practical performance during the exam
To evaluate a SEC exam, the minimum traffic required is as follows:
- The examinee has to log in as approach controller (APP) in a TMA. The airport has to be approved
by the examiners before the exam.
- Tower and ACC Controller shall be staffed during the exam. One of the examiners will connect as X_APP during the exam. Both positions should be staffed by experienced controllers
- Exams on the adjacent positions (TWR, ACC) are not allowed during the SEC exam.
- There must be at least one airport which provides IFR procedures under control of the examinee (no approach and departure position permitted. At this airport only a tower controller is permitted)
- The airport, where the exam will take place must have IFR procedures available.
- Using IVAO approved software is required.
- The examinee will be expected to find the necessary charts himself. However, in countries where charts are not easily and freely available, it is the responsibility of the examiner/division to provide the necessary material and/or links so that both examiner and examinee can work on the same charts.
- To evaluate an SEC exam, the minimum traffic required is as follows:
- A minimum of 15 aircraft simultaneously per hour
- A minimum of VFR traffic
- A minimum of 1 emergency
- The participation of the HQ Pilot group is mandatory for this exam
- If the weather is not suitable for VFR traffic the examinee may apply Special VFR rules. The examiner can ask a pilot to fly in VMC. The examinee has to be informed about that.
- Observance of MRVA, MSA, MEA during radar vectoring, procedural or direct routes
- Provide adequate radar vectors and/or procedural control (in function of the airspace)
- Expedite and maintain an orderly flow of air traffic. The examinee has to show proper separation during high traffic load.
- Perform correct handoffs to the next unit (TWR / APP / CTR) including correct flight strip marking
- Suitable and sufficient coordination with adjacent ATC units in all necessary situations
- Proper handling miscellaneous emergency situations
- Have and maintain all the time a good overview of the radar situation
- Correct phraseology and English proficiency
Evaluation and marking method
Each score will reflect the exactness and range of your knowledge (for theoretical data) and your ability to accurately execute the exercises (and your performance in doing so).
In all cases, your examiner will give you the detailed results during the debriefing, so as you can identify your errors and correct them in case the exam is failed.
- Radio Communication proficiency failure
- English Communication proficiency failure
- Insufficient theoretical knowledge
- Poor theoretical knowledge
- No charts
- Loss of separation
- Landing/Take-off clearance while another aircraft is still on the runway
- Landing/Take-off clearance if another aircraft is cleared to line up on the runway ahead
- Landing/Take-off clearance if another aircraft is cleared to cross the runway
- Inability to manage VFR on the circuit pattern
- One task marked “0”
- Keeping or Clearing an aircraft into or through an area it should not be allowed to enter due to restrictions (prohibited, VMC loss ...)
- Vectoring below MRVA/MSA
- ATC Clearance which implies aircraft manoeuvres below MRVA/MSA
- Control instruction that puts the aircraft in an immediate terrain collision situation
- Examinee has extremely poor theoretical knowledge (score shall be at or below 10/100)
- Examinee makes any violation against IVAO Rules and Regulations (score shall be 0/100)
- Examinee does not turn up for the exam and a valid reason is not given within 48 hours. This will cause the exam to be considered as failed (score shall be 1/100 or 0/100 depending of examiner)
- Examinee decides to stop the exam at any time after it has begun (score shall be 1/100 or 0/100 depending of examiner).
- In case of any cheating during a practical exam, regardless whether during the theoretical or the practical part, the result will be 0/100 and a blocking of 6 months for exams will be appointed to the examinee.
Validation of the exam
The validator will verify the marking based on the comments and marking sheet of the examiner.
Consequently, we strongly advise candidates to train and prepare carefully before going for it.
After achieving this rating
Nonetheless, remember that we learn everyday and it is especially true in the aviation domain, virtual or not!
Therefore, we expect you to be a good representative of your SEC rating at all times on the network.
Continue controlling on the network with the same degree of accuracy, on a regular basis so as to stay sharp, complying with regulations and participating to events, trainings and exams.
Within your division, you shall be able to take any positions and provide ATC service with the same degree of rightness.
The TD/TAD reserve the right to downgrade the user to ACC rating.
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