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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 for thousands of air traffic controllers every year.

The training typical begins with classroom instruction and then quickly moves into real life simulation. Each air traffic course utilizes state of the art simulators which are designed to simulate real life air traffic control scenarios.

These courses are taught by highly experienced veteran air traffic control instructors and will supply the students with all the necessary information to be successful at the FAA Academy.

Air Traffic Basics

This course lasts six weeks and introduces the student to air traffic control. The Air Traffic Basics course is pass/fail.

Initial Tower Cab Training

This course is for any student that will be working in an air traffic control tower. The course lasts approximately six weeks and covers everything you need to know to become an effective tower control trainee. You will work in simulators that replicate real air traffic control towers. In order to pass the course, you must successfully complete the Performance Verification (PV) in front of examiners for each control position in the tower. The examiners evaluate you on how well you can apply everything you were taught over the last six weeks to a simulated air traffic environment. If you do not pass the PV you will be given one more chance. If you fail the second time, your employment with the FAA will end at the academy.

For more information about what a Tower controller is, click here!

Introduction to Radar Control (ITR)

ITR is a two week course offered to new hire FAA students. This course is targeted to new hire employees who have completed Air Traffic Basics or equivalent and are being assigned to a TRACON-only facility. It provides information that is basic to terminal air traffic control and introduces radar control keyboard entry skills. Topics presented include: terminal controller responsibilities and expectations, human factors, air traffic publications, data blocks, clearances, airspace, etc. In addition, the course teaches students air traffic control keyboard entry skills and modification of data blocks in preparation for application of these skills in the Terminal Basic Radar Training Course (RTF).

Terminal Basic Radar Training (RTF)

This course is designed for students returning to the academy after receiving a certification in a control tower or for students who are initially hired to a stand alone radar facility (TRACON). The RTF course last approximately four weeks. The first two weeks will be classroom training followed by two weeks conducted radar simulations. You will work at a radar scope similar to the ones that will be at your facility when you leave the academy. The RTF course is not a pass or fail course; however, you still have a Performance Verification (PV) at the end of the four weeks. The PV evaluates how well you can apply everything you were taught over the last four weeks in a radar simulation. If you fail the PV, you still continue to your facility for OJT.

For more information about what a TRACON controller is, click here!

Initial EnRoute Training

This class is the most in depth class at the academy. Since the FAA is the only organization where you control traffic in this environment, the course is three months long to accommodate all the material you must learn. The Center course is a compiled of classroom instruction as well as simulation. You must pass the Performance Verification (PV) at the end of the course. If you do not pass the PV you will be given one more chance. If you fail the second time, your employment with the FAA will end at the academy. After the final PV, students that pass will spend another week learning other portions of the EnRoute environment.

For more information about what an EnRoute/Center controller is, click here!
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