FLIGHT DATA RESPONSIBILITIES
a. The responsibilities and duties of the flight data controller are the same as those in limited
approach control functions. In addition, the flight data controller obtains landing clearances for the final
controller from the tower when requested, using the following information sequence:
(1) Call sign or aircraft identification.
(2) Distance from runway.
(3) Landing type (full stop, touch-and-go, or low approach).
(4) Runway number.
b. The flight data controller relays the inbound estimate to the tower shortly after the arriving
aircraft is radar identified. After the aircraft has been turned onto the final approach course, a landing
clearance must be obtained and issued to the pilot. In some facilities, the final controller obtains this
clearance by interphone. In other facilities, this coordination function is accomplished by the flight data
controller. The clearance then is relayed to the final controller for relay to the aircraft. If the arriving
aircraft has requested a low approach or a touch and go, the flight data controller prepares a new arrival
strip on the aircraft in sufficient time for its use by the arrival controller following the low approach or a
touch and go. Figure 2-1 shows the arriving aircraft requesting a low approach.
Figure 2-1. Low Approach Information on a Flight Data Strip.
c. As you can see, all information is readily available to the flight data controller to request a
landing clearance from the tower. Figure 2-2 shows a new strip prepared on the aircraft by the flight
data controller. When the aircraft completes the low approach, the arrival has a ready-made strip to
continue providing radar service as prepared by the flight data controller. Notice that no letter "R" or
time is entered on the strip. If it is necessary for the arrival controller to reidentify the aircraft after a
low approach or touch and go, the aircraft is