FAA, ATC Supervisors To Handle Presidential And
By Mike Mitchell
April 24, 2011 - The FAA now requires ATC supervisors to
handle the president, vice president, and EXEC1F
When the president's family members (First Lady) are onboard an aircraft, but not the president himself, that aircraft call sign is known as or designated Executive One Foxtrot. The president's aircraft is referred to as Air Force One (B-747) or Marine One (helicopter).
This is usually at the discretion of the White House staff or Secret Service. 'Foxtrot' is the phonetic alphabet designation for the letter 'F', with that being the first letter of 'family'.
At about 5 pm ET on April 18, the military version of a B-737 that Mrs. Obama was traveling in was directed to abort its landing attempt after the required minimum separation between it and a C-17 military aircraft that was landing ahead of it was compromised.
The incident involved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air
traffic controllers at the Potomac TRACON facility in Virginia
and at the Andrews tower in Maryland. The National
Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into an
air traffic control incident. The FAA has amended its
regulations and added section 5-1-2 to reflect this new order
(5-1-2. The president, vice president, and EXEC1F aircraft
A. Advance scheduled movement information of the President, vice
president, and executive one foxtrot (EXEC1F) aircraft received
from the white house shall be distributed to the air traffic
manager of each facility through which these aircraft will
B. The air traffic manager will be notified of the scheduled
movement of the president, vice president, or Exec1f aircraft by
the appropriate service area office or, when time critical, by
national headquarters through the ATCSCC or domestic events
C. The president, vice president, and exec1f aircraft shall be aurally and visually monitored by a supervisory Specialist/controller-in-charge (CIC) from departure to arrival in accordance with the following:
1. The air traffic manager of each facility through which the president
transits shall ensure that a Supervisory specialist/ CIC aurally and
visually monitors the aircraft while in the facility's airspace.
2. The air traffic manager of each facility through which the vice
president and exec1f aircraft transits shall ensure that a supervisory
specialist/ CIC aurally And visually monitors the aircraft while in the
facility?s Airspace where sufficient on-duty staffing allows.
D. The supervisory specialist/ CIC shall:
1. Be present at each sector/position providing ATC Service to the president, vice president, and exec1f Aircraft from the flight's entry in the facility's airspace until the flight exits the facility's airspace.
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