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    Going to Alaska to get in the FAA.

    I'm just throwing spitballs for future wanna be ATSS's.

    Have you considered going to Alaska to get your foot in the FAA door?

    I personally know. Few people who did, and now they are happy.

    Everyone please chime in.

    I know Alaska is more dangerous and expensive, but it was worth it for the few I know.



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    Re: Going to Alaska to get in the FAA.

    Quote Originally Posted by "Y"-Code View Post
    I'm just throwing spitballs for future wanna be ATSS's.

    Have you considered going to Alaska to get your foot in the FAA door?

    I personally know. Few people who did, and now they are happy.

    Everyone please chime in.

    I know Alaska is more dangerous and expensive, but it was worth it for the few I know.



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    I currently work with 3 guys at the SWRO who started out in Anchorage, AK. Plus I worked with a tech who moved from ZFW to ZAN for a NAS position and now, a year later, she is a J bander. So yeah, going to Alaska to work for the FAA or to get in ain't too bad....

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    Re: Going to Alaska to get in the FAA.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scotter View Post
    I currently work with 3 guys at the SWRO who started out in Anchorage, AK. Plus I worked with a tech who moved from ZFW to ZAN for a NAS position and now, a year later, she is a J bander. So yeah, going to Alaska to work for the FAA or to get in ain't too bad....

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    The one problem I see in the FAA is that they cant hold you to your original SSC. It seems like a waste of money. I met 2 classmates that ERR d before they were even fully trained. What I do know is that the FAA is small, and if their original SSC managers want to hold grudges, they could affect their careers.

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    Re: Going to Alaska to get in the FAA.

    Not sure what you mean by going to Alaska to get your foot in the door. I don’t think Alaska actually has a hard time filling vacancies so using it as an “in” won’t really work. You’d be better off volunteering for one of the less desirable locales like NYC and LAX lol.

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    Re: Going to Alaska to get in the FAA.

    Quote Originally Posted by SMS View Post
    Not sure what you mean by going to Alaska to get your foot in the door. I don’t think Alaska actually has a hard time filling vacancies so using it as an “in” won’t really work. You’d be better off volunteering for one of the less desirable locales like NYC and LAX lol.
    I'm not saying your wrong, but I'm in the western service area, and we are constantly getting H band announcements and details for numerous jobs in Alaska. Also, my current partner and just retired boss were in Alaska for 8 years and 4, and the consensus they had is that Alaska was a gateway job. Thirdly, just a few guys I've had in NAV and COM classes told me that it was a step in and that they have high turnover. Certain parts of Alaska not all.

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    Re: Going to Alaska to get in the FAA.

    Quote Originally Posted by "Y"-Code View Post
    I'm not saying your wrong, but I'm in the western service area, and we are constantly getting H band announcements and details for numerous jobs in Alaska. Also, my current partner and just retired boss were in Alaska for 8 years and 4, and the consensus they had is that Alaska was a gateway job. Thirdly, just a few guys I've had in NAV and COM classes told me that it was a step in and that they have high turnover. Certain parts of Alaska not all.

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    But definitely NYC and LAX. I've also heard of San Francisco offering new "G" bandera $90k but they turn it down cuz they still cant survive.

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    Re: Going to Alaska to get in the FAA.

    I am in the ATO ATSS field. I recently went to Alaska from ZFW. I got a G-band off and Just about have my H-band. I been here almost 2 years. Its a lot of travel and per diem that helps. But the original Post stating that Alaska is a place to consider is true. If you go to New York area, you will be subject to stay for a long time. They have their own FAA rules that is heavily influence by people that know other people and will troll your career. I have been in and out of Air Traffic for a quite a few years and I wish i had considered this a long time ago. The people that is ERR will only go far if you have a manager that is from the outside of the agency.

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    Re: Going to Alaska to get in the FAA.

    Quote Originally Posted by "Y"-Code View Post
    I'm not saying your wrong, but I'm in the western service area, and we are constantly getting H band announcements and details for numerous jobs in Alaska. Also, my current partner and just retired boss were in Alaska for 8 years and 4, and the consensus they had is that Alaska was a gateway job. Thirdly, just a few guys I've had in NAV and COM classes told me that it was a step in and that they have high turnover. Certain parts of Alaska not all.

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    H bands and detail yes, but I don't actually often see new hire positions open there, at least not at a higher rate than other locations. Nearly everyone I know in Alaska transferred there after becoming an H band.

    My point was that volunteering for Alaska won't get you hired any faster than other locations in the agency, as far as I've seen.

    Another thing to consider about going to Alaska is if you want to leave, you will have to pay for your own move to the lower 48 unless you find a gig that pays relocation. That can be a bit more expensive than moving from one lower 48 location to the other on your own dime.
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    Re: Going to Alaska to get in the FAA.

    Quote Originally Posted by SMS View Post
    H bands and detail yes, but I don't actually often see new hire positions open there, at least not at a higher rate than other locations. Nearly everyone I know in Alaska transferred there after becoming an H band.

    My point was that volunteering for Alaska won't get you hired any faster than other locations in the agency, as far as I've seen.

    Another thing to consider about going to Alaska is if you want to leave, you will have to pay for your own move to the lower 48 unless you find a gig that pays relocation. That can be a bit more expensive than moving from one lower 48 location to the other on your own dime.
    That's moving part is so true. That was my main gripe about hiring on to the FAA was paying for my initial move. We just sold all our stuff and shipped my truck to start from scratch.

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