9.6 Recording of Persons on Board

APC is to obtain the number of persons on board inbound aircraft, annotate the FPS
accordingly and advise ADC of the total. ADC is to obtain the POB for outbound and
local flights and annotate the FPS with the POB total for all flights.


9.7 Runway Blocked Indication

ADC is responsible for placing the strip, which indicates "ROAD OPEN", in the runway
bay on the strip board when WCA or the MT route is open to vehicles or pedestrians.
The strip must remain in place until all pedestrians and vehicles are clear of the runway
and behind the barriers.


10.1 Responsibility For Authorisations

The Stn Cdr/RAF Duty Officer has final authorisation over all aircraft operating from
Gibraltar, and must be advised of any intended unusual aerial activities.
Military aircraft on detachment or on exercise are to be authorised by their operating
Civilian aircraft are authorised by their operating authority or Flight Operations


10.2 Small Free Balloons.

ATC will be advised if a release of balloons is required in Gibraltar. The name and
contact number of the organiser will be obtained and the details entered in the Watch
Log and/or diary. Watch Managers are to take account of the prevailing wind speed and
direction and expected movements prior to giving permission for the release.


Actions when a Captive Balloon Breaks Free

Watch Managers are to note as many details as possible, contact the Duty Met Officer
for the wind speed and direction and pass the information to Seville ACC and to any
aircraft on frequency if applicable.


Microlights and Ultra lights

There are no special procedures for these types of aircraft although ATCOs should be
aware that turbulence may cause these aircraft particular difficulties.


10.5 Parachute Dropping

Parachuting is normally only permitted at Gibraltar as part of a Military operation, and
with the specific authorisation of the Stn Cdr/RAF Duty Officer.


10.6 Royal Flights

All arrangements for Royal Flight activity involving Gibraltar will be signalled in detail
from No 32 (The Royal) Squadron.


10.7 Banner Towing and Dropping

Banner towing is only permitted with the specific authorisation of the Stn Cdr/RAF Duty


Banner dropping is only permitted with the specific authorisation of the Stn Cdr/RAF
Duty Officer and in accordance with the following procedures:

1. The Watch Managers must ensure that the pilots are familiar with these procedures.
2. The Drop Zone is on the southern runway shoulder, between the eastern sea wall
and the RW 27 PAPIs. It may be used for both lightweight banners and target
3. The drop height is normally 300ft.
4. WCA must be closed to pedestrians and vehicles.
5. No aircraft or personnel may be permitted to be on the manoeuvring area during
the drop except for holding point Alpha.
6. SAPPHO must be advised of the drop and may position as normal at the western
end of the runway, or on the north side if at the eastern end.
7. STN FLT must be advised of the drop.
8. The AFRS must be advised of the drop.
9. GDP vehicles on the airfield must be advised of the drop.
When all the above conditions have been met the drop will be authorised by ADC with
the phrase; “C/S cleared to drop…surface wind”
A radio-equipped vehicle should recover the banner as soon as possible after the drop
and no aircraft movements are to be permitted until the banner has been removed
from the runway shoulder.


Spanish police and customs helicopters are based at Algeciras and frequently operate
close to Gibraltar. The following procedures should be adopted:

A. Customs Callsign 'ARGOS'
B. Guardia Civil Helicopters Callsign 'CUCO'
These aircraft may be conducting covert operations and may wish to keep RT
communication to a minimum. ATCOs should adopt the following procedure:
Gibraltar traffic not affected. There is no need to attempt communication.
Gibraltar traffic affected. APC should attempt Contact, initially on 122.8. If the pilot
replies then the minimum information necessary to de-conflict the traffic should be
obtained. A service will probably not be requested.
If no response is received then the APC should make blind calls stating the position and
intentions of Gibraltar traffic. These calls should be made initially on 122.8, but may
also be made on guard and 131.2 depending on the perceived threat.
If the aircraft initiates communication, services may be provided as normal.
Unless requested by the pilot, or a potential ATC confliction exists, no attempt should
be made to provide an ATC service to these aircraft.
Spanish aircraft flying for the preservation of life - SAR, Medical Emergency,
etc. are to be offered every assistance.


11.1 Early Aerodrome Closure.

When the last flight of the day is an inbound aircraft, ATC, the AFRS and the EMT will
remain manned up until the aircraft captain confirms that all passengers have
disembarked. When the last flight is an outbound the airfield will close 15 minutes
after departure.
All staff rostered for duty are to remain on call until 2300L, and be available to return
to work at 40 minutes notice. The RAF Duty Officer is provided by the General
Manager with a copy of the roster and contact numbers for Watch Managers involved.


Airfield Closure – Last Aircraft is Inbound

After the last aircraft has landed, ATC will ask the pilot to:
”advise when all passengers have disembarked.”
When the pilot either confirms that this has happened or it becomes obvious to ATC
that all the passengers have left the aircraft, ATC will advise the AFRS on TETRA that
the airfield is closing.
If the last aircraft is not carrying passengers, ATC will close once the engines are
shutdown, informing the AFRS on TETRA.


Airfield Closure – Last Aircraft is Outbound

Under normal circumstances ATC, BCU and all safety services including the AFRS, are
to remain on duty until 15 minutes after the last aircraft departs, and in order to
ensure airfield closure at 2300L departing aircraft must be airborne by 2245L.
If it becomes obvious that this will not be achieved then the Watch Manager must
consult the RAF Duty Officer, who may authorise an airfield extension, under certain
conditions, and subject to SRATCOH limitations.


11.2 Extensions to Aerodrome Opening Hours.

All requests for airfield extensions beyond 2300L are to be referred to the Watch
Manager, who is responsible for contacting the RAF Duty Officer.


Manning of Operational Positions.
Watch Managers are responsible for ensuring manning levels are adequate to cover all
aircraft movements, paying particular attention to the following points:

A. ATCOs, ATCAs and BCU staff are to remain on site, or in TETRA contact on the
airfield, for 15 minutes after any departure to cater for an emergency return to the
B. Breaks and extraneous duties are to be planned either outside periods of aircraft
activity or during the periods when the third ATCO is available.
C. The Aerodrome ATCA is to remain in position, and BCU to be on immediate
readiness, whenever locally based aircraft are operating within 40 miles of the
D. No operational staff are to leave the unit without the approval of the Watch
E. Although red times are often passed by GIBAIR, actual arrival times can vary
considerably for weather or en-route ATC reasons. Red times for military flights
often take account of the aircraft performing an operational task en-route. If that
task is cancelled or curtailed, the flight will usually continue direct to Gibraltar,
resulting in an arrival well in advance of the red time. The Watch Manager is to
take these factors into account when deciding whether to call in or release ATCOs.


Logs and Records
The following are retained in ATC:

Document Compiler Retention
Official Documents
The Watch Log (RAF Form F6658) Watch Manager 6 years
Movements Log (RAF F68) Switchboard 6 years
Locally produced forms
Equipment Serviceability Record ATE 1 day
Talkdown/SRA Form Approach/Talkdown 3 months
Overflight Form Approach 3 months
Flight Progress Strips Approach/Talkdown 3 months
Work In Progress Folder Aerodrome ATCO 1 month


12.1 Aerodrome Availability

Gibraltar Aerodrome is open from 0800L hrs to 2300L hrs daily throughout the year
(except Christmas Day). Arrivals must have landed by 2245L. The Stn Cdr/RAF Duty
Officer may authorise general reductions or extensions of these hours.