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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Quote Originally Posted by DIESEL View Post
    Hey how was your tour? Did you get any new info. about whats going on over there, like whats going on with the staffing situation. I haven't heard anything about zdc in awhile or heard of many people who are going to the academy going there...hmmm.
    The tour was good. I had never been inside an FAA facility before so it was an entirely new experience for me. I didn't realize there were something like 450 controllers working there. It's a huge place.

    There was another kid who also happened to schedule a tour at the same time as me who had taken the ATSAT the day before. When he told our tour guide that the tour guide said "What's the ATSAT?" He had no clue about the staffing situation so I didn't get any info about that.

    The controller I plugged in with started quizzing me on airport identifiers and she was really impressed when I knew them all. Then I broke down and told her that I actually fly airplanes for a living and had been to almost every airport in her sector. She wasn't as impressed after that.

    All in all the atmosphere seemed cordial. Of course, it wasn't super busy at the time I was there.

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    I think I was the one you plugged in with - I was impressed. Any aviation experience helps in this job.

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosstafari View Post
    As of today (May 21, 1940 zulu), these are the SM users headed to ZDC out of the most recent panels:

    guitarman710
    FAKam32
    NewATCguy
    captaingary
    flyerchic0212
    atcechob

    That's a pretty good group size, hopefully y'all can get together at some point.



    hey I accepted for ZDC and just had an interview at ZNY

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Hey everyone. Seems like the popular process is the PEPC. BUT i'm going through the traditional way. I'm a cti, just did an interview for ZDC in ZNY. Anybody else going through the same way?

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Quote Originally Posted by killerqueen View Post
    I think I was the one you plugged in with - I was impressed. Any aviation experience helps in this job.
    Thanks for letting me listen in and answering my questions. Hope to see you at ZDC whenever I finish the maze that is the FAA's hiring process.

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    ZDC has a ton of people at the Academy right now. I think they are just getting started. There's a thread somewhere that talks about it.
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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Quote Originally Posted by NovaZDC View Post
    I'm a cpc here at zdc. I honestly wouldn't recommend this facility to anybody. It's seriously one of the most dysfunctional places I've ever worked at. The management here is HORRENDOUS. Training shouldn't be a problem for anybody though....our traffic levels have been way down the last year and a half. Get good at issuing holding instructions though.
    Wow! That place is still all screwed up, eh? It was bad when i was there ... i thought by now things would have straightened up just a little bit.


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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Quote Originally Posted by ATC_ZDC_Retired View Post
    Wow! That place is still all screwed up, eh? It was bad when i was there ... i thought by now things would have straightened up just a little bit.


    What exactly is screwed up about it? I could potentially spend the next 25 years working there and I'm curious as to what the major issues are. If you don't want to mention it publicly feel free to PM me.

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Hey everyone. I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a CTI graduate and I found out in November (2009) that I'll be interviewing at ZDC for a position there. The interview isn't scheduled yet but hopefully it will be within the next couple of weeks. Anyway thanks for all the helpful posts!
    -Alex

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    Hi Alex - hope your hiring process keeps moving along; I've heard they drastically reduced the hiring numbers for FY2010. Either way, you'll get here eventually! Where are you living now?

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    PA. ~1 hour west of Philly

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    I interviewed in dec 2008, still have not received a class date...

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Hey whats the latest and greatest going on around at ZDC? Haven't heard anything in a while, Any new rumors going around? How are all the developmentals making out with the training?

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    hey all, im at zdc now, i've only been here for about 2 1/2 months now..

    as far as training is going, its pretty good.. at first after 'stage 2' training, which is the center high map(and its all labeling vor's j ways and some high intersections, along with high and super high sectors, sector numbers, and altitudes) also in stage 2 you will get an area assignment after a week being there and you will have to draw(i mean label) your area map with all miilages and intersections boundrys etc etc.. after stage 2 you will go downstairs to do 'a side' training, which is now just keeping the strip hopper empty and given the strips to the sector if a plan is being cleared to/off the ground by us(non apch control) and the other big thing todo while a side is listen and try to learn what they are doing( and why)

    depending on how you fell on their schedule you can wait from 2 weeks upto 9 months(from what i heard)..

    other than that the training department is very proactive in assisting you in anyway possible, i think our d class would be sooner but due to eram(taking the dysim lab, were in ertss) and this raytheon's contract dispute. either way, they are doing everything they can with what they've got

    as for dev's making out in training, i dont have an exact number on how many check out, but i've been told 1 out of 6 don't check out.. at also really depends on what area you goto

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    can anyone tell me more about what the areas are? as in a map or something? i am a little confused about this...

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    The center airspace is divided into areas, 7 at the moment, each of which contains a handful of sectors.

    Each incoming controller is assigned to an area, and this is the area she will train, certify and work at. A controller generally stays in the same area for years if not her whole career.

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Quote Originally Posted by captaingary View Post
    The center airspace is divided into areas, 7 at the moment, each of which contains a handful of sectors.

    Each incoming controller is assigned to an area, and this is the area she will train, certify and work at. A controller generally stays in the same area for years if not her whole career.
    Right. I got that. But I am looking for how these sectors are broken off of the airspace. As in I'm looking for a 2-D or 3-D visual reference to how the airspace is divided into sectors. Does a map exist? Just curious.

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    There is a map, it's not online, but here's one that shows the low sector boundaries (outdated now):

    Freq Of Nature ZDC Washington

    In addition to cutting up the map into lateral boundaries, there are low, intermediate, high and super-high sectors stacked one on top of the other, each with their own floors, ceilings, shelves and boundaries. The sectors are all custom tailored to try to divide up the workload and to best manage the known flows.

    Each of the areas contain a cluster of adjacent sectors, with a mix of highs, lows, etc. and they are grouped to try and divide up the workload and to provide each area with a mix of busy and light sectors.

    Sorry, it's hard to explain. Even looking at a map it's hard to visualize how it all fits together.

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Does anyone know what type of scope zdc uses? Do they use stars or something older. depending on the type does anyone have the manual for said scope.
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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Quote Originally Posted by captaingary View Post
    There is a map, it's not online, but here's one that shows the low sector boundaries (outdated now):

    Freq Of Nature ZDC Washington

    In addition to cutting up the map into lateral boundaries, there are low, intermediate, high and super-high sectors stacked one on top of the other, each with their own floors, ceilings, shelves and boundaries. The sectors are all custom tailored to try to divide up the workload and to best manage the known flows.

    Each of the areas contain a cluster of adjacent sectors, with a mix of highs, lows, etc. and they are grouped to try and divide up the workload and to provide each area with a mix of busy and light sectors.

    Sorry, it's hard to explain. Even looking at a map it's hard to visualize how it all fits together.
    That is what I'm looking for. If you click on the link for ZTL, they seem to have a better representation of what I want, but the ZDC map answers my question. Thank you!

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