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    Fort Smith, AR TRACON- KFSM

    Does anyone know about this facility? I've spoken to the ATM there, and he has agreed to give me a tour on Oct. 22. I put LA and AR as my geo prefs and would prefer KSHV because I live here, but Fort Smith is a higher rated facility and is a pretty nice town. Any info is appreciated. TIA

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    Re: Fort Smith, AR TRACON- KSFM

    kind of too late to be trying to shake hands to get selected at panels.

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    Re: Fort Smith, AR TRACON- KFSM

    fletchrush17,

    For the past 9-10 months, I've been in contact with ATMs at the facilities in which I want to work. Now, I'm simply looking for helpful information from people who may have experience at KFSM. I appreciate your concern, but your information is not what I need at this time. Thank you.

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    Re: Fort Smith, AR TRACON- KFSM

    i get to work with them...seems to be a great bunch. they're not a 24/7 facility.

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    Re: Fort Smith, AR TRACON- KFSM

    well kind of putting the cart before the horse but all the best to you. I hope you can do better than FSM.

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    Re: Fort Smith, AR TRACON- KFSM

    Thanks, REGGieSD. The few times I've talked to the ATM and his secretary there, they've been very nice. It seems like a great place to get started.

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    Re: Fort Smith, AR TRACON- KFSM

    Fletch, which facility are you in? Judging by your numerous other negative posts, I have decided that you are quite bitter and anything you have to say is worth dick.

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    Re: Fort Smith, AR TRACON- KFSM

    FSM works a lot of military and for someone without any experience, could prove to be a challenge. They're an 8, but I have not personally seen their airspace or live traffic, so I can't comment on the complexity. Have you found out what the training failure rate is there? They just recently had an announcement out for two openings, so that shows they are in need of people....at least two anyway.

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    Re: Fort Smith, AR TRACON- KFSM

    Thanks, noid. I haven't asked about the failure rate at FSM. I don't know if its any more or less than my first choice, SHV. I've been told that, even though it's only a 7, SHV has a lot of wash outs because you have to have tower and radar and, because of Barksdale AFB, there's a lot of military traffic. The ATM at FSM said they will be taking applicants from the Pubnat8 offering, but he didn't say how many. I really appreciate the info on the openings there. Although it's not my first choice, I would go to FSM in a heartbeat.

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    Re: Fort Smith, AR TRACON- KFSM

    I am on my way to FSM. Reassigned from ZOB. I was told that they have 9 retiring there this year. Also they are at the low end of their staffing band already. Looks like mandatory overtime for me.

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