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On Monday, November 1, 2021, the Agency notified NATCA of its intent to implement the NAS Voice Recorder system (NVR). NATCA responded to the Agency’s notification by requesting a full briefing, which was held on Monday, December 13, 2021. The NVR Program (NVRP) will replace the existing Voice Recorder Replacement Program (VRRP) Digital Audio Legal Recorder (DALR) at approximately 461 FAA NAS facilities to comply with new requirements in the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) safety orders. These safety orders also require risk-based monitoring of air traffic operational safety events which were not in effect when VRRP DALR was implemented. The NVR system will provide new capabilities such as increased recording channel capacity, recording of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and use FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) and Network Time Protocols (NTP) as an enterprise time source solution. It will also reduce operational costs, meet increasing demand for improved access to audio data, and provide more expeditious access to remote audio. The installation of the NVR system has already begun and is estimated to be completed by 2028. The Agency stated that the NVR system must run for a minimum of 45 days before the old system can be shut down. Before and after the NVR installation, numerous activities will be performed by the Program Office, Engineering Services, and vendors. Finally, new training and manuals have been established. BUES that require new training will be able to access this training before it starts via links from the Agency and via DOJO.

NATCA will continue to work with the Agency over the implementation of the training for BUEs and the installation of the NVR system.

POCs: Director of Safety and Technology Tom Adcock, Assistant Director of Labor Relations Akua Brempong-Smith, and Labor Relations Attorney Jon Cakmakci

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