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  1. Viewed 7,281 TimesHouse Panel Considers Privatizing FAA's Air Traffic Control System
    The House Transportation Committee signaled a renewing aim to consider privatizing the FAA's Air Traffic Control system once again.



    After months of studies and hearings about privatizing the air traffic control industry, a hearing that was held Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, showed bipartisan support for taking up the issue as part of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill.

    There were may supporters of privatization of the air traffic control system from pilot-union re... [Read More]
  2. Viewed 8,131 TimesAir Traffic Controller Saves Pilot's Life
    On November 16, 2014 Mr. Hugh McFarland working at Houston TRACON provided an outstanding flight assist to a pilot in very grim circumstances. The VFR rated only pilot departed Kerrville, Texas (KERV) en route to David Wayne Hooks (KDWH) airport in Tomball, Texas (just outside of Houston. After an estimated two hours of flying towards Houston, the pilot became stuck on top of solid IFR weather at 8,500 ft. The IMC weather the pilot was stuck on top of turned out to be almost 8,000 ft thick. The... [Read More]
  3. Viewed 19,977 TimesDear New Hire Air Traffic Controller
    Dear New Hire,

    Welcome to the exhausting, exhilarating, heartbreaking, demanding, awe-inspiring world of Air Traffic Control. We’re glad you’re here and, although this job is not for everyone, we’ll try our best to get you through. It will excite you, it will defeat you, it will raise you up to the highest heights and then send you crashing back down to the lowest of lows. It is not for the faint hearted. We hold the lives of thousands of people in our hands every single day and so we... [Read More]
  4. Viewed 3,734 TimesATC Training at the Facility
    ATC Training at the Facility

    Once you successfully complete the FAA Academy you will report for duty at your new facility. This is where the real learning takes place. From there you will spend the next few months to few years in training. The training consists of classroom instruction, simulation training, and On-The-Job Training (OJT). You will receive a training program for each position you train on. Each position will have a target number of hours to become certified. These hours ar... [Read More]
  5. Viewed 3,230 TimesWhat are Working Conditions Like for an Air Traffic Controller?
    What are Working Conditions Like for an Air Traffic Controller?

    Regular Days Off (RDO) - Each year controller's choose days off (RDOs) by seniority. You may choose two consecutive days off in a row if you are bidding on a 5 day - 40 hour work week schedule. At some facilities you can even work a compressed schedule of 4 day - 40 hour work week. In that case you will choose three consecutive days off, but these schedules are usually limited to certain days off. Most facilities choose t... [Read More]
  6. Viewed 3,429 TimesATC Pay and Benefits FAQ
    ATC Pay and Benefits

    ATC Pay

    Pay is one of the most enticing things about becoming an air traffic controller. Air traffic controllers are one of the highest paid employees in the nation. They can earn upwards of $180,000 per year before premium pay, over time, and holiday pay. The median income for air traffic controllers is around $120,000 per year.

    The amount of money each controller makes depends on many things. Each facility is assigned a level. These facility levels are... [Read More]
  7. Viewed 1,036 TimesCan a person with a disability be an Air Traffic Controller?
    Can a person with a disability be an Air Traffic Controller?

    A person with a disability may or may not be eligible for employment as an air traffic controller. For more information, see here!
  8. Viewed 1,804 TimesFAA Retired Military Air Traffic Controller Program
    FAA Retired Military Air Traffic Controller Program

    If you are over the age of 31 and are retired from active duty, you may be eligible for the FAA's Retired Military Controller program. All other applicants must have been appointed to an Air Traffic Control Specialist position with the FAA before the age of 31.

    For more information about this program, please check out StuckMic's... [Read More]
  9. Viewed 1,328 TimesVeterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
    Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)

    VRA authority can be used to fill FAA positions through the FG-11 grade level and positions at the equivalent level under other pay systems (e.g., core compensation or wage grade). The promotion potential or job category of a position is not a factor. The following Veterans are eligible for a non-competitive VRA:

    Disabled Veterans — Veterans rated CPS (compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more) or rated CP (compensable... [Read More]
  10. Viewed 5,742 TimesHow Do I Apply with the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller?
    How Do I Apply with the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller?

    Wait until a job announcement is posted for Air Traffic Control then follow the steps!

    The best way to find out when job announcements are posted is stay tuned to the StuckMic Forums and StuckMic Facebook Page!
  11. Viewed 987 TimesMinimum Requirements to be an FAA Air Traffic Controller
    Minimum Requirements to be an FAA Air Traffic Controller

    To be an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA, you must:

    *Be a United States citizen

    *Start the FAA Academy prior to your 31st Birthday

    *Pass a medical examination

    *Pass a security investigation

    *Have three years of progressively responsible work experience, or a Bachelor's degree, or a combination of post-secondary... [Read More]
  12. Viewed 994 TimesIs there Guaranteed Employment with the FAA?
    Is there Guaranteed Employment with the FAA?

    No. The FAA cannot guarantee employment to any specific applicant. The FAA plans to hire and train more than 10,000 new controllers from 2013 to 2022 to keep pace with expected attrition and traffic growth. The details are laid out in the recently released eighth annual update to the Air Traffic Controller Workforce Plan 2013-2022. The FAA expects to receive applications from more qualified applicants than there will be positions available.... [Read More]
  13. Viewed 2,968 TimesBiographical Assessment
    Biographical Assessment

    The bio-data assessment was designed in cooperation with the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) and its determinations are backed by a body of Human Factors research. This test has been proven to be a valid instrument for assessing experience, work habits, education and dimensions that are related to success on the job. The bio-data assessment is administered prior to the AT-SAT test. If you qualify following the bio-data assessment, you will be referred... [Read More]
  14. Viewed 2,068 TimesAT-SAT
    AT-SAT: Air Traffic Standard Aptitude Test

    The Air Traffic Selection and Training (AT-SAT) is an eight-hour computer based pre-employment test used to measure aptitude required for entry-level air traffic control specialist positions. Applicants who do not qualify following the bio-data assessment will not be allowed to take the AT-SAT test. Only applicants who qualify following the bio-data assessment will be referred to take the AT-SAT test.

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  15. Viewed 2,089 TimesWork Experience or College
    What type of experience do I need to become an Air Traffic Controller?

    You do not need any prior air traffic control experience to apply to become an air traffic controller.

    You must have three years of progressively responsible work experience, or a Bachelor’s degree, or a combination of post-secondary education and work experience that totals three years.

    Most types of paid or unpaid employment will provide progressively responsible experience, as you learn about the organization,... [Read More]
  16. Viewed 2,396 TimesSecurity Investigation
    FAA Air Traffic Control Security Investigation

    Individuals who meet the minimum qualifications for an air traffic control specialist job must pass a rigid security exam. The following items are among those issues reviewed as part of the background/security check:

    *General or dishonorable military discharge
    *Statutory debarment issue
    *Government loyalty issues
    *Evidence of dishonesty in an application or examination process
    *Drug-related offenses
    *Felony offenses
    *Firearms... [Read More]
  17. Viewed 1,253 TimesTower Air Traffic Controller
    Tower Air Traffic Controller

    Tower controllers handle all aircraft movement on the airport and up to 10-15 miles from the airport. The TRACON controller will set the initial sequence of the aircraft and once that is made, will transfer control of the aircraft to the tower controller. The tower controller makes the final determination of the arrival sequence. They may modify the TRACONs plan slightly to more expeditiously sequence other tower traffic and the TRACON arrivals.

    Prim... [Read More]
  18. Viewed 1,260 TimesTRACON Controller
    TRACON Air Traffic Controller

    TRACON, also called approach control or departure control are generally responsible for aircraft 18,000 - 10,000 feet and below and within a 100 miles of the airport. They also separate aircraft primarily by RADAR. A TRACON controller follows similar rules as an EnRoute controller; they just do it in a smaller, generally more complex airspace. The TRACON will set up the final arrival sequence to all airports in their jurisdiction as well as handle airp... [Read More]
  19. Viewed 1,099 TimesEnRoute - Center Air Traffic Controllers
    Center/EnRoute | Area Controller

    As a Center/EnRoute controller, you will be assigned to an Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). Centers are responsible for thousands of square miles of airspace and generally handle aircraft 10,000 - 18,000 feet and above. In less populated areas, centers may handle aircraft below 10,000 ft, actually providing guidance to aircraft into airports. Depending on which Center one is assigned, a controller may be responsible for an oceanic sector wh... [Read More]
  20. Viewed 2,375 TimesMedical Examination
    In order to become and remain an air traffic controller, you are subject to certain medical requirements. You must undergo an ATC physical at least once every two years and as you get older it will increase to once every year. The ATC medical examination is composed of several tests that all air traffic controllers and potential applicants must meet. Some of the conditions below may require a special waiver and some are disqualifying all together.

    Vision - Distance and near vision of 2... [Read More]
  21. Viewed 2,605 TimesFAA Academy
    FAA Academy

    Once you successfully pass all phases of screening you will be given a date to attend the FAA Academy. You will receive the following documents in your FAA Academy Start Package. The FAA Academy is located in Oklahoma City, OK on the west side of Will Rogers World Airport. The academy has numerous types of training programs for air traffic controllers depending on your previous experience and type of facility you are being assigned. The FAA Academy provides training... [Read More]
  22. Viewed 19,031 TimesBecome an Air Traffic Controller
    Air Traffic Controllers

    Being an Air Traffic Controller for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is one of the most rewarding, exciting, and challenging careers in the world. Air Traffic Controllers work around the clock 24 hours a day, 365 days a year guiding more than 810 million passengers annually to their destinations. Air Traffic Controllers earn a median income of $122,530 per year.

    From 2013 to 2022, the FAA plans to hire over 10,000 air traffic controllers.

    ... [Read More]