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    Requirement of VHF Voice Recorders

    Is it mandatory to have VHF Voice Recording while providing Air Traffic Services? If yes, could you please tell me which documents clearly indicate about this provision?

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    Re: Requirement of VHF Voice Recorders

    JO 7210.3W Ch 3 Sec 4. Recorders:

    3-4-1. USE OF RECORDERS

    a. Air traffic facilities shall record operational
    communications to the maximum extent practicable.

    b. Record at each operating position to include all
    data transmitted and/or received via radio, telephone,
    VSCS, or automated means such as Mode S, Data
    Link, and satellite. Facility management shall advise
    operating positions when the recording equipment
    associated with these positions is not operating or
    otherwise unavailable for recording. Facility management
    shall then ensure that a written record, or
    equivalent, to the extent possible, is made for all IFR
    clearances.

    c. If combined positions are periodically split into
    individual positions, record them on separate
    channels when so used.

    d. Supervisors shall ensure that the proper
    FAA/telephone company (TELCO) “jacks” are used
    to obtain the required recording at facilities with dual
    capability.

    e. Use a separate channel on each recorder to
    record time at facilities with time-announce systems.
    Where these systems have not been installed, a spare
    receiver tuned to a time transmitting station may be
    used.

    f. Operational voice recorders shall be provided a
    time source.

    g. Except as noted in para 3-4-2, Assignment of
    Recorder Channels, record with regard to the position
    in lieu of the function. All headset audio on a position
    shall be recorded on a single channel. In facilities so
    equipped, all FAA-speaker audio shall be recorded
    on the “radio only” jack channel. If a “radio only”
    jack is not available, another channel may be used.

    h. Reserve one channel of each recorder for
    recording time; except two channels shall be reserved
    on the FA5394, 30-channel recorder. If a coded time
    source and a time code reader are available, record the
    coded time source in preference to voice time
    announcements. Recording more than one time
    source on any recorder is prohibited.

    i. Each FSS collocated with an ARTCC will use
    the center's voice recorder system resources to
    minimize requirements for spare parts, test equipment,
    and routine maintenance.

    j. Recorders may be used to monitor any position
    for evaluation, training, or quality control purposes.

    k. Air traffic managers should develop procedures
    to ensure that frequencies are not recorded when
    facilities are officially closed.

    3-4-2. ASSIGNMENT OF RECORDER

    CHANNELS

    a. Assign position recording channels in the
    following order of priority:
    1. ARTCCs:
    (a) Radar controller.
    (b) Sector controller.
    (c) Radar handoff controller.
    (d) Radio controller.
    (e) Coordinator.
    (f) Supervisor.
    (g) Traffic Manager.
    (h) Flight data.
    (i) Data systems coordinator.
    (j) Mission coordinator.
    (k) AMIS controller.
    2. Terminals:
    (a) Arrival control.
    (b) Departure control.
    (c) Local control.
    (d) Precision approach radar.
    (e) Clearance delivery.
    (f) Ground control.
    (g) Inbound flight data.
    (h) Outbound flight data.
    (i) Direction-finding.
    (j) Supervisory.
    (k) Automatic terminal information services
    (ATIS) - air traffic managers shall designate a
    channel to record ATIS when a separate channel is not
    available. Record the ATIS message once at the time
    of preparation on the designated channel. Make a
    written record of each ATIS and retain for 15 days if
    a recorded channel is not available.

    3. FSSs/AFSSs:
    (a) Flight watch.
    (b) Inflight.
    (c) Preflight.
    (d) Flight data.
    (e) Supervisory.

    4. ATCSCC:
    (a) National Operations Manager (NOM).
    (b) National Traffic Management Officer
    (NTMO).
    (c) Traffic Management Specialist (TMS)
    operating position.

    b. You may use existing remaining spare
    recording channels to record the primary radio
    frequencies of positions using the same priority
    stated above.

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