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    Hello from Boston

    Hi, I've visited stuck mic for some time and have finally decided to join. For the last year i worked as an airline pilot and made the decision to switch to the atc side. I've applied to pubnat7 and now i'm just waiting to hear about the AT-SAT. Just wanted to say and hi and see if theres anyone on here from the Boston area or who is making the same career change.

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    WELCOME!

    There was a thread going about Pilots becoming ATC you might find useful.

    http://www.stuckmic.com/airline-pilo...pilot-atc.html

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    awesome, thank you for the link.

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    Hello and welcome. I am from Rhode Island and I applied to the first announcement. I am heading to the academy in April and then heading to BOS TWR. Good luck!
    -Ed

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    Welcome to StuckMic, be sure to get some use out of the pilot forums...there isn't much in there now, but hopefully that will eventually start to fill up....if you need anything, let me know!

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    Im from Wareham, and was selected for PVD. Are you hoping to get BOS?

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    Thanks for the replies,
    congrats Ed and mrbucket on getting those positions. I live in Malden which is about a 15minute ride to logan from my house so bos would be perfect, i also want zbw. How difficult is boston tower or pvd to get? I'll take anything in the new england area pretty much.

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    Quote Originally Posted by atp2atc View Post
    Thanks for the replies,
    congrats Ed and mrbucket on getting those positions. I live in Malden which is about a 15minute ride to logan from my house so bos would be perfect, i also want zbw. How difficult is boston tower or pvd to get? I'll take anything in the new england area pretty much.
    The only difficulty involved is the amount of slots they have to fill. The bigger the facility, the more slots available, the better chance of getting what you want. The process is simple...they pick your name and then look to see where you want to go. If there is a slot available you will be offered that position.
    A good example is me and MrBucket. I live in RI, wanted PVD and got BOS. He lives is MA, wanted BOS and got PVD. I was part of the first announcement and he was part of the second, but I guess PVD didn't have any slots at the time my name was selected (they only get so many per quarter). It is luck of the draw.
    You can take a chance and just put down one location (although, I wouldn't take that chance).

    Now that I have had time to absorb it, I am very happy with the BOS offer and although I was worried about the level at first, I think it will be a good facility to be at for the long term.

    -Ed

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    Good luck Bostonians. Boston is a beautiful city. I lived in Portland, ME for about a year and spent some time in Boston when visitors came to town. The history is AWESOME. Would like to make it back there if possible. No bids though.
    I've seen this work before.

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    Welcome atp2atc,

    I'm from Weymouth and heading to Cape TRACON. I also was hoping for BOS, but after I got my tentative offer I visited the Cape and it looks like a great facility, also after a few years, you can request a transfer. Like they've said the facility selections is all about timing, good luck.

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    WOW! You're the first person Ive seen going to Cape TRACON. Are you from pub2?
    I was secretly hoping to get that kinda, just because its like 5 minutes from my house. Hahaha. I talked to a guy who works there a while back, and he said its a really great place to work.

    I don't think PVD or BOS are tooooooooo hard to get into, but theres really no way to tell. I got in pretty easily, so thats gotta mean something! hehehe.
    I do know that PVD has an announcement up on USAJOBS right now looking for 4 CPCs...

    Back in the beginning I was desperately hoping for BOS, yes, but I eventually came to my senses.
    I decided to hope for either PVD or Cape TRACON. I got lucky in my hoping.

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    I am a cape pilot applied to pub7 and from south of boston. How long did it tke them to offer you a test date? I applied DEC 9 and havent heard anything yet, I know its the govt however, I am anxious. I relly look forward to going this route with my career. Any insight on how long to wait?

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    MrBucket,

    yeah i'm pubnat2, i'm waiting for my security clearance, and then hopefully get a class before summer. I toured the cape last month, everyone seems really nice, I like the fact they aren't 24/7 so no midnight shift and they only have 24 controllers.

    where are you in the process, are you pubnat2 ?

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    Quote Originally Posted by alpar80 View Post
    I am a cape pilot applied to pub7 and from south of boston. How long did it tke them to offer you a test date? I applied DEC 9 and havent heard anything yet, I know its the govt however, I am anxious. I relly look forward to going this route with my career. Any insight on how long to wait?
    check out this timeline to get an idea. http://www.stuckmic.com/ots-off-stre...timetable.html There's a lot of waiting, without any word.

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    Quote Originally Posted by iceman3205 View Post
    MrBucket,

    yeah i'm pubnat2, i'm waiting for my security clearance, and then hopefully get a class before summer. I toured the cape last month, everyone seems really nice, I like the fact they aren't 24/7 so no midnight shift and they only have 24 controllers.

    where are you in the process, are you pubnat2 ?
    Very cool.

    Yeah, Im from pub2 also. My HR rep assigned me a class date of March 31, but has not gotten around to sending me my FOL yet. Ive been bugging her for weeks, but she says shes still working on the February FOLs. ???
    Copy/paste my name, and click send already.

    Not being open 24 hours was another reason I liked that place. PVD closes at midnight, and opens at 5. Score!

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    I am hoping for BOS or ZBW, if not, then Texas here I come (sarcastic "yay")...

    If I get something in the Boston area, I may need your help... I found that Malden and Melrose seem to be the best places to raise a family and I have a 2 year old and a 4 week old.... I just hope the ATC salaries is enough for us to live in MA!

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    Re: Hello from Boston

    Quote Originally Posted by DonStevo View Post
    I am hoping for BOS or ZBW, if not, then Texas here I come (sarcastic "yay")...

    If I get something in the Boston area, I may need your help... I found that Malden and Melrose seem to be the best places to raise a family and I have a 2 year old and a 4 week old.... I just hope the ATC salaries is enough for us to live in MA!
    Those two places are close to the airport if you get Logan, but if you don't mind driving an extra 20 min (with the rotating shifts you really never hit bad traffic), or more north or west you can find even better places to live. Try not to live south of the city because then you have to fight the traffic coming through and that's miserable. Plus if you get BCT or the center you will want to live in NH as there is no income tax, not to mention the fact they are both in southern NH anyways...
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