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  1. Viewed 20,233 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]
  2. Viewed 19,891 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]
  3. Viewed 8,256 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]
  4. Viewed 7,402 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]
  5. Viewed 5,851 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!
  6. Viewed 3,897 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]
  7. Viewed 3,533 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]
  8. Viewed 3,347 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]
  9. Viewed 3,124 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]
  10. Viewed 2,709 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]
  11. Viewed 2,496 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]
  12. Viewed 2,495 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]
  13. Viewed 2,457 TimesFederal Disability Retirement Benefits For FERS & CSRS Employees
    by Robert R. McGill, Esquire
    Printer-Friendly Format

    Is it an accident that so many federal and postal employees are unaware of the benefit of "disability retirement" for FERS and CSRS employees? Is it a deliberate "conspiracy of silence" -- a benefit which exists but is not trumpeted by the federal government for fear of the floodgates of applications being opened?

    More likely than not, there is another explanation: the new federal employee is neither concerned nor in... [Read More]
  14. Viewed 2,345 TimesWhat Is a Redeposit and When Is It Required? CSRS and FERS
    Redeposit service is any period of creditable federal service -- including creditable service under another eligible retirement system for federal employees -- in which employee retirement contributions were withdrawn upon an employee's separation from service before retirement.

    Payment of a redeposit is not required in determining an employee's eligibility to retire. But with some employees a redeposit may be required in order for the withdrawn service time be used in the employee's annuity... [Read More]
  15. Viewed 2,327 TimesGuide To CSRS Offset Retirement Benefits And Rules
    Edward A. Zurndorfer, CFP

    Any individual who entered federal service as a full time (permanent) or as a part-time employee prior to Jan. 1, 1984 was placed in the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). By law, federal employees covered by CSRS are excluded from Social Security coverage and do not pay Social Security (Federal Insurance Contributions Act or FICA) payroll taxes.

    Congress made several important changes to the Social Security laws in 1983. Among the changes starting in 1984 wa... [Read More]
  16. Viewed 2,167 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]
  17. Viewed 2,158 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.

    Take advantage of StuckMic's Information ... [Read More]
  18. Viewed 2,113 TimesPrivatization of the U.S. Air Traffic Control System
    By Susan Carey, Andy Pasztor, The Wall Street Journal | Aug. 24, 2014

    original article here!

    As the U.S. air-traffic control system grows creaky with age and struggles with budgetary constraints that limit modernization, debate is mounting in Washington over whether the system would function more efficiently as a commercial entity.

    Advocates of full privatization or a hybrid public-private corporation believe a new structure would bring more reliable funding than the cur... [Read More]
  19. Viewed 2,045 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]
  20. Viewed 1,885 TimesAir Traffic Control Tower Tour
    This might be interesting if you have never made it to a control tower before. These pictures were taken when no operations were going on and I was not working ...that's probably why you don't see any aircraft taxiing or flying around in the pictures. I'll do my best at explaining everything, if you have questions, just ask. The equipment you see at Hobby is probably the most up-to-date equipment you will find in air traffic control towers across the country.

    The image you see dis... [Read More]
  21. Viewed 1,619 TimesGuide To Insurable Interest Survivor Benefits And Lump-Sum Payments -CSRS And FERS-
    Before retirement, a federal employee may elect a reduced annuity (CSRS or FERS, or both annuities in the case of a "trans" FERS employee) in order to provide an insurable interest benefit to a current or former spouse or to another person who depends on the employee for support.

    Recent My Federal Retirement columns discussed spousal survivor annuity benefits (CSRS and FERS). This column discusses survivor annuity benefits for someone other than a current spouse. The column will al... [Read More]
  22. Viewed 1,588 TimesFAA - ATC New Hire Information
    You can always begin here if you have no clue about this job,
    This is the most recent pre-employment information for FAA ATC applicants. Many different users going through the process have helped compile this information. Please take your time and read through this whole post as it will answer many of your pre-hire questions....make sure you browse all pages of this information, page five is a list of very helpful links that will answer... [Read More]
  23. Viewed 1,521 TimesHuman Factors And Operations Management In Air Traffic Control
    The air traffic control industry is in trouble. Aging controllers, increased workload, decreased experience level and decreased time off have created and continue to create an environment ideal for a catastrophic incident. The research project showed a link between air traffic control incidents and procedural deviations, and mismanagement by the current Federal Aviation Administration. The data presented was garnered from the National Air Traffic Controller Association, the Department of... [Read More]
  24. Viewed 1,483 TimesRunway Incursions
    The rate of runway incursions has steadily increased over the past few years and new procedures and safety measures must be taken in order to reduce this trend with the projected increase in air travel over the next decade. Many factors can be involved in a runway incursion to include weather, density of traffic, equipment failure, airport layout, and human error. The FAA has not adequately addressed the increasing threat of runway incursions and should take a close look at each of these... [Read More]