Handover/Takeover of Operational ATC Working Positions

Handover/Takeover of Operational ATC Working Positions


In 2004, a EUROCONTROL Safety Reminder Message (SRM) was released which provided advice concerning the handover/takeover process of operational ATC working positions. Since then, although progress has been made in many ANSPs, there are still problems in others that need to be addressed. Indeed, more recently, a European ANSP has detected incidents associated with a lack of transfer/assimilation of appropriate information during the handover process, leading to poor situational awareness of controllers taking over operational working positions.


As the previous SRM on this topic said, “It has been acknowledged that the vast majority of handovers take place without any problems, and only a very small proportion are flawed. Therefore, the level of normal human reliability has been already reached and potential mitigations should be targeted at the other system elements procedures (checklists) and/or equipment”.

Information Requested

The purpose of this message is to collect details of the practical measures taken by controllers during the handover/takeover process to reduce the known risks in this area. Therefore, copies of any associated checklists, SOPs, techniques and good/best practices would be welcomed.

Further Reading

Summary of Responses


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