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Aviation Glossary :: Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC)  Aviation Glossary :: Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) FAA Written Test Preparation
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Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC)
Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC)
An Air Traffic Tactical Operations facility responsible for monitoring and managing the flow of air traffic throughout the NAS, producing a safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of traffic while minimizing delays. The following functions are located at the ATCSCC:
  1. Central Altitude Reservation Function (CARF). Responsible for coordinating, planning, and approving special user requirements under the Altitude Reservation (ALTRV) concept. (See ALTITUDE RESERVATION.)
  2. Airport Reservation Office (ARO). Responsible for approving IFR flights at designated high density traffic airports (John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Ronald Reagan Washington National) during specified hours. (Refer to 14 CFR Part 93.) (Refer to AIRPORT/FACILITY DIRECTORY.)
  3. U.S. Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) Office. Responsible for collecting, maintaining, and distributing NOTAMs for the U.S. civilian and military, as well as international aviation communities. (See NOTICE TO AIRMEN.)
  4. Weather Unit. Monitor all aspects of weather for the U.S. that might affect aviation including cloud cover, visibility, winds, precipitation, thunderstorms, icing, turbulence, and more. Provide forecasts based on observations and on discussions with meteorologists from various National Weather Service offices, FAA facilities, airlines, and private weather services.
source: FAA Pilot/Controller Glossary
The Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) is located in Herndon, Virginia. ATCSCC has the mission of balancing air traffic demand with system capacity. This ensures maximum safety and efficiency for the NAS while minimizing delays. The ATCSCC utilizes the Traffic Management System, aircraft situation display, monitor alert, the follow-on functions, and direct contact with ARTCC and terminal radar approach control facility (TRACON) traffic management units to manage flow on a national level.

Because weather is the most common reason for air traffic delays and re-routings, the ATCSCC is supported by Air Traffic Control System Command Center Weather Unit Specialists (ATCSCCWUS). These flight service specialists are responsible for the dissemination of meteorological information as it pertains to national air traffic flow management.

source: FAA/NOAA Aviation Weather Services (AC 00-45G)

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