Reviewed by atc_brad
Posted on 12-20-2011
ASU has simulators for Tower, TRACON, and Enroute classes. The Tower simulator was the coolest thing about the whole program. I was told it is very similar to the ones that trainees utilize at Sky Harbor. Verne Latham, the Tower professor, is a great person to learn from. He has a passion for seeing the students succeed. The faculty chose to focus their curriculum on the real world, rather than simply a made up simulated environment. What this means is that in the Tower lab, you focus on learning all the SOPs, LOAs, and procedures that real world controllers use at Sky Harbor (PHX). In TRACON you learn the positions of Apache and Quartz at Phoenix TRACON (P50), and lastly you work a sector of Albuquerque Center for Enroute's lab class. As it's been said, each of the 3 labs carry a $1500 fee on top of the normal cost. A problem some run into is limited classes. There is typically at most 2 of each type of lab classes, and in order to get the most out of the class, the class size is limited to 6 students each. Also, a majority of classes that you take are in fact aviation management type along with other classes to learn about flying (Aircraft Powerplants, Private Pilot Ground School). I would highly recommend ASU, especially if you are interested in undergoing a training-like program for the big facilities in Arizona.