Inter- or intrafacility radar handoffs shall be accomplished in all areas of radar surveillance
except where it is not operationally feasible. The transferring controller shall complete a radar handoff
or obtain the receiving controller's approval before the flight enters the receiving controller's airspace.
a. Handoff Methods.
(1) Transfer the identification of an aircraft target by physically pointing out the target on the
receiving controller's scope or using landline voice communications. When using either method, relay
information to the receiving controller in the following order:
(a) The position of the target relative to a fix, map symbol, or radar target known and
displayed by the receiving and transferring controller.
(b) Aircraft identification.
(c) Assigned altitude, appropriate restrictions, and information that the aircraft is climbing or
descending, if applicable. The exception is when inter- or intrafacility directives ensure that the altitude
information will be known by the receiving controller.
(d) Advise the receiving controller of pertinent information not contained in the data block or
flight progress strip unless covered in a letter of agreement or facility directive. Pertinent information
includes assigned heading, airspeed restrictions, and issued altitude information. Other information
includes observed track or deviation from the last route clearance and the beacon code if different from
that normally used or previously coordinated. Include any other pertinent information.
(2) Consider that the target being transferred is identified on the receiving controller's display
when any of the following conditions are met:
(a) The transferring controller has physically pointed out the target on his display and the
receiving controller acknowledges receipt.
(b) The target location corresponds with the information provided by the transferring