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    Washington Center - ZDC

    I recently accepted a position at Washington Center... I was just wondering if anyone has any information about this place, good, bad or indifferent... Also if anyone has any information academy success numbers, as well as training successes, specifically for ZDC or another large center....

    I have been involved in aviation for several years and completed 2 years of a CTI program before going into my current career, just looking to see how others have done...

    Thanks in advance...

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    Re: Washington Center

    I was offered a position at ZNY and did my interview at ZDC. They gave me a tour and what not. It looks like a pretty nice place. The facility impressed me enough, anyway. The area, though? Eh. Lets just say that I'm not so impressed with Virginia. (I got a traffic ticket for no other reason than using a RADAR detector. No speeding... Nothing.) Leesburg and the facility are REALLY close to the borders of DC.

    I dunno... Any more specific questions I might be able to answer? Or fail to answer.
    I bleed Garnet and piss Gold.

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    Re: Washington Center

    Quote Originally Posted by DutchFSU View Post
    (I got a traffic ticket for no other reason than using a RADAR detector. No speeding... Nothing.)
    Radar dectectors are illegal in Virginia.

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    Re: Washington Center

    First let me say welcome to ZDC. I've been here since finishing OKC in Feb '07 and will say that ZDC has it share of the good and the bad.
    The building itself is one of the older facilities and has pretty much been in a state of constant construction since I've been here. But once you adapt and figure out how to get around the temporarily closed hallways, or find the open restrooms for that particular week, it isn't so bad.
    We are divided into seven different areas, all of which have their fair share of developmentals at this time. For the most part, it is taking about one to one and a half years from the time you enter the building to the time you finish your D sides and begin your R side training. From there it is very much dependent on how you do on your R sides as to how long it takes to finish. And while I know of a few that did not succeed at ZDC, with one exception, they were all moved to lower level facilities. ZDC is a level 12 facility with good reason.
    As for the area itself you will want to be aware, as noted by DutchFSU, that Northern VA and the Leesburg area are pretty strict about traffic violations - speeding, radar detectors, etc... I grew up in the area and only ever had trouble in VA. But because of its location, ZDC controllers are spread out over VA, MD, WV and even PA. It all depends on how far you want to commute.
    Hope that answers some of your questions, but feel free to ask if there is anything else.


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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    I want to revive this thread as there are some folks headed there, including myself!! Post here if you have been chosen for the great ZDC!!
    08/23/08------> Applied for PUBNAT6
    08/29/08------> PUBNAT6 closed
    11/03/08------> Authorized to take AT-SAT
    01/08/09------> AT-SAT Taken in BWI
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    03/27/09------> Received Geo Pref Email!!! (NC, VA)
    04/13/09------> Made Referral List
    05/19/09------> PEPC Invite (ZDC)
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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    As of today (May 21), 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.
    Pan pan?

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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.
    Ross, you basically ROCK!! Thanks for putting all the names in one spot so I can hound them all!! LOL You are right though maybe we will get similar OKC dates....
    08/23/08------> Applied for PUBNAT6
    08/29/08------> PUBNAT6 closed
    11/03/08------> Authorized to take AT-SAT
    01/08/09------> AT-SAT Taken in BWI
    01/16/09------> Received AT-SAT Score: 97.1
    03/27/09------> Received Geo Pref Email!!! (NC, VA)
    04/13/09------> Made Referral List
    05/19/09------> PEPC Invite (ZDC)
    06/23/09------> ORD PEPC
    06/23/09------> TOL for ZDC SWEEEETTTT!!!
    09/14/09------> Fully Cleared!!!!!
    09/15/09------> Feb. 1st OKC!!!! It's ON!!

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Maybe the ZDC hiring spree will continue into the "next" panels.

    <crosses fingers>

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    I'm also heading to ZDC, that is if everything works out at the PEPC.

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Quote Originally Posted by flahedcc View Post
    I'm also heading to ZDC, that is if everything works out at the PEPC.
    Congrats and have faith!! It will be an adventure for sure. What is your date and time?
    08/23/08------> Applied for PUBNAT6
    08/29/08------> PUBNAT6 closed
    11/03/08------> Authorized to take AT-SAT
    01/08/09------> AT-SAT Taken in BWI
    01/16/09------> Received AT-SAT Score: 97.1
    03/27/09------> Received Geo Pref Email!!! (NC, VA)
    04/13/09------> Made Referral List
    05/19/09------> PEPC Invite (ZDC)
    06/23/09------> ORD PEPC
    06/23/09------> TOL for ZDC SWEEEETTTT!!!
    09/14/09------> Fully Cleared!!!!!
    09/15/09------> Feb. 1st OKC!!!! It's ON!!

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    zdc

    okc 8/5

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Hello All,

    I am heading to ZDC as well from Pubnat 3. I am awaiting the FOL and a class date.

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Quote Originally Posted by ATCready View Post
    Hello All,

    I am heading to ZDC as well from Pubnat 3. I am awaiting the FOL and a class date.
    you're still waiting for a class from 3? that doesn't bode too well for us, huh? I'm also ZDC!

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    my suggestion... live in the frederick, maryland area and commute to leesburg. northern virginia is real nice, but expensive. it leads the nation in average household income.

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    For all you headed to ZDC here is a link to the facility guide:

    http://atoexperience.faa.gov/strateg...DC%20ARTCC.pdf

    Made by one of the controllers at ZDC, it gives some useful info, though there are some names that are out of date already

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Quote Originally Posted by ZDCATC View Post
    For all you headed to ZDC here is a link to the facility guide:

    http://atoexperience.faa.gov/strateg...DC%20ARTCC.pdf

    Made by one of the controllers at ZDC, it gives some useful info, though there are some names that are out of date already
    eh that file is behind the ato firewall not accessible to the rest of the interwebs!

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Quote Originally Posted by badtone View Post
    eh that file is behind the ato firewall not accessible to the rest of the interwebs!
    Opps!

    Thought I had that worked out...

    Hmm, I was told that it is suppose to be accessible. Guess I'll have to go back and ask a few more questions.


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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    I am PUBNAT 7, and I currently live about 5 miles from ZDC. I also want to work enroute so obviously ZDC is my preference, but I have heard that OTS with no experience don't get selected by ZDC and that if one does get selected OTS with no exp that he or she has a hard time getting certified. Is this true? I have a high ATSAT score and a degree, so I dont know if that helps (I have read conflicting info on this). Also, would anyone recommend or have any information for setting up a tour of the facility? Thanks.

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Hi all, I work at ZDC. Got hired 5/23/06, OKC date of 7/31/06, first day at ZDC was 10/17/06, checkout date was 12/9/08.

    I can set up a tour if you'd like to see the place before you come here.

    coryvstheworld = untrue. there are 2 guys that got here 2 months ago that have never seen the inside of a control tower or a cockpit in their whole life. that being said, training here is no b.s. we're not a level 12 facility for no reason!

    =) good luck in OKC, and it is true what the say....that really IS the easiest map you'll ever learn...

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    Re: Washington Center - ZDC

    Quote Originally Posted by coryvstheworld View Post
    I am PUBNAT 7, and I currently live about 5 miles from ZDC. I also want to work enroute so obviously ZDC is my preference, but I have heard that OTS with no experience don't get selected by ZDC and that if one does get selected OTS with no exp that he or she has a hard time getting certified. Is this true? I have a high ATSAT score and a degree, so I dont know if that helps (I have read conflicting info on this). Also, would anyone recommend or have any information for setting up a tour of the facility? Thanks.
    Yeah, definitely not true. I am OTS and my TOL is for ZDC. I am pretty psyched and really want to check out the area well before hand. I may have to get up with you KillerQueen to set that up!
    08/23/08------> Applied for PUBNAT6
    08/29/08------> PUBNAT6 closed
    11/03/08------> Authorized to take AT-SAT
    01/08/09------> AT-SAT Taken in BWI
    01/16/09------> Received AT-SAT Score: 97.1
    03/27/09------> Received Geo Pref Email!!! (NC, VA)
    04/13/09------> Made Referral List
    05/19/09------> PEPC Invite (ZDC)
    06/23/09------> ORD PEPC
    06/23/09------> TOL for ZDC SWEEEETTTT!!!
    09/14/09------> Fully Cleared!!!!!
    09/15/09------> Feb. 1st OKC!!!! It's ON!!

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