Incident at COLD LAKE (GROUP CPT. R.W. MCNAIR) CFB (ATS operating irregularity)
2003-07-09: A CF-18 flight-planned from CFB Cold Lake via direct to Rankin Inlet was re-cleared by Edmonton ACC from Cold Lake direct to RIDOK direct to 6014N/100W direct to Rankin Inlet. This put the aircraft a little north of it's original route, but made it easier to control reference opposite-direction traffic that was along it's route of flight. The Cold Lake Controller accepted the re-route before she checked what impact it might have on her Air Weapons Range (CYR 204), which the aircraft was already flight-planned through. The clearance should have been refused until the impact could be found out and then she could advise if the clearance was acceptable or not. The ACC controller assumed that since the aircraft was already flight-planned through CYR 204, the re-route would be of no consequence, but this is not necessarily true. In this circumstance, the re-route had no impact, but it may not be that way next time. Proper co-ordination between the Cold Lake Controller and the ACC Controller is required to insure safety is always maintained.
2003-07-10: UPDATE ANS and Airspace reported that an Operations Bulletin has been issued to Edmonton ACC Controllers stressing the importance of inter-unit coordination.
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