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S3 Training Syllabus:

Session 1: Radar Introduction

  1. Overview of the Radar Position
  2. VRC setup.
    1. Radar mode, diagrams, etc.
  3. Radar Position Responsibilities

Session 2: Approach/Departure

  1. Position Relief Briefing
  2. Radar Separation Requirements
    1. Class B/C/D/E/G
    2. Approach Separation Standards
  3. Formation Flights
  4. Wake Turbulence Separation
  5. Visual Separation Issuance and Requirements
  6. Merging Target Procedures
  7. Safety Alerts
    1. Traffic
    2. Terrain/Obstructions
  8. Radar Identification
    1. Primary Targets vs. Secondary Targets
    2. Methods of Radar Identification for Primary Targets
    3. Methods of Radar Identification for Secondary Targets
  9. Cancellation of Radar Services (Radar Service Termination)
    1. IFR cancellation
    2. No Further ATC
    3. Coasting Target
  10. Departure Procedures (SIDs)
    1. Radar Vectored
    2. Hybrid
    3. RNAV
  11. Standard Terminal Arrival Route (STAR)
    1. Non – RNAV procedures
    2. RNAV procedures
  12. Instrument Approach Plate (IAP)
    1. Reading and understanding an IAP
    2. Precision Approach
    3. Non -Precision Approach
    4. Charted Visual Approach

Session 3: Approach

  1. ILS Approach Clearance (PTAC)
  2. Visual Approach Clearance
  3. GPS/RNAV Approach Clearance
  4. VOR/TACAN Approach Clearance
  5. NDB Approach Clearance
  6. Localizer/LDA Approach Clearance
  7. Introduction to Vectoring
    1. Vector Methods
    2. Vector Rules
    3. Proceeding Direct
      1. RNAV/GPS vs. non – RNAV/GPS
    4. Pointouts
    5. Radar Handoffs
      1. Automated
      2. Manual

Session 4: VFR, Uncontrolled Fields, and Holding Procedures

  1. Uncontrolled Field Procedures
    1. One-In-One Out Rule
    2. IFR Departures
    3. IFR Arriving Aircraft
  2. VFR Procedures
    1. VFR Departures
    2. VFR Arrivals
    3. Transitions
    4. Flight Following
    5. VFR-On-Top
  3. Holding Procedures
    1. Holding Instructions
    2. Clearance from Holdings
    3. Published vs. non-published holds.
  4. Speed Restrictions
    1. Issuing Speed Instructions
    2. Methods for Issuing Speed Instructions
    3. Speed Minima

Session 5: Practice OTS, OTS Recommendations, Written Exam

  1. Repeat Session 5 in OTS conditions for purpose of securing OTS recommendations.
  2. After receiving the first OTS recommendation, the Student will be assigned the VATUSA Senior Student (S3) written exam, to be completed with an 80% or higher.  On fail, the written exam will automatically reassign in 7 days.
  3. After the Student receives two OTS recommendations from two separate members of the training staff and has passed the written exam, the Student is OTS ready and may request an OTS exam via the ZSE Training Scheduler.

Session 6: OTS Exam

On Pass:

- Promote student to S3 on VATUSA website, and endorse on all ZSE Minor Approach positions, unless Student has completed the OTS exam on Seattle Approach (S46), in which case Student shall be endorsed up to ZSE Major Approach.

On Fail:

-Reattempt OTS in no sooner than 7 days

Session 7: Major Approach Endorsement

  1. VFR Procedures
    1. Departures, Arrivals, Transitions.
  2. Approach Shelves
    1. PAE Approach Shelf
    2. OLM Approach Shelf
  3. SEA_Y_APP

 

For a 7110.65 Reference:

Chapter 2 - Section 1 = Traffic Advisories (Specifically 2-1-21)
Chapter 4 – Section 6 = Holding Aircraft (IFR)
Chapter 4 – Section 7 = IFR Arrival Procedures
Chapter 4 – Section 8 = Approach Clearance Procedures
Chapter 5 – Section 1 = Radar General (Specifically 5-1-13 *Radar Termination*)
Chapter 5 – Section 2 = Beacon Systems (Specifically 5-2-17, 5-2-18, 5-2-19 *Mode C Reading*)
Chapter 5 – Section 3 = Radar Identification
Chapter 5 – Section 4 = Transfer of Radar Identification
Chapter 5 – Section 5 = Radar Separation
Chapter 5 – Section 6 = Vectoring
Chapter 5 – Section 7 = Speed Adjustment
Chapter 5 – Section 8 = Radar Departures
Chapter 5 – Section 9 = Radar Arrivals
Chapter 7 – Section 2 = Visual Separation
Chapter 7 – Section 3 = VFR-On-Top
Chapter 7 – Section 4 = Visual Approaches
Chapter 7 – Section 5 = Special VFR (SVFR) (Covered in S2 but just refresher needed as APP)