Detroit TRACON - D21

stryker02

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I'm looking for some information on Detroit tracon. I'm looking to get a job there in about a year or so. So any information is appreciated.
 

wannabeatoweratc

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Re: Detroit TRACON

are you off the street? cti? military? you'll need to apply as soon as you a job announcement open and request your preferred state when the time comes. you can't request certain facilities, but in the remarks section of your state preferences you can put that you only want a certain facility. idk how familiar you are with this stuff, but this isn't like your typical job where you walk into a place and apply.
 

stryker02

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Re: Detroit TRACON

no i am military, i have both my approach and arrival ratings. once back from deployment i will be achieving my tracon rating. true i do know it's not your run of the mill job, that is why im trying to familiarize myself now while i have time left on my contract. i will be applying via VRA in about 3 months and other then the little i know about VRA, im pretty much lost in the sauce. any help would be appreciated. thanks
 

SoCal_ATCer

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is d21 located at DTW tower or is there another location? did u grow up there? i cant imagine anyone wanting to go there otherwise.
 

xr49

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D21 is located at the tower. I realize the perceptions of Detroit....especially now with a possibility of GM packing up and leaving, but it really is not that bad of a place.

Heading to D21 in July
 

SoCal_ATCer

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Grew up in Detroit area. Know all about it. All my family is there so its not me reading things in the news paper. Lets see a football team who can't win a game, an ex mayor more crooked than the detroit river, 3 casinos downtown losing money (really a casino losing money?) not to mention the big three taking a dump, and a governor who was on Obama's transition team to tell him how bad the economy is....

Loved it growing up but couldnt pay me to go back there right now. hopefully this city/state can turn it around in the future.
 

D21atcs

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Like everywhere else I've worked in the FAA, places seem to be cyclical. Right now we are getting rid of the main problem in the TRACON and things should get better. Good group of fellow controllers and first lines are pretty good right now, plus you can get a great deal on a house in the area lol.
 

jarhead0863

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I am sure most of us know what the Detroit area is like, but what is the facility itself like? How new is it, what type of equipment, what about staffing?
 

chicagosouthsd

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I've been reading quite a few horror stories regarding OTS going to level 11 and 12 facilities after the academy and washing out. Does anybody have any insight regarding this specific facility's success rate for new hires?
 

Michalak87

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I hear cass corridor, and highland park
Hahah This has to be a joke! If you want to be close to DTW, Canton is nice suburb, Plymouth, Northville, and Novi are really nice as well, but a little bit more pricey!

I personally would recommend downtown Plymouth!
 

StuSEL

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You know where.
Also, can anyone suggest some suburbs to live in the Detroit area? Thanks.
It depends on how long you want to drive each morning. I think one of the nicest places are Rochester or Troy, and that would be around a 40 minute commute. But if you're looking to get closer to the airport, look into Livonia and cities around it.
 

mjh55404

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I hear cass corridor, and highland park
I lived in the Cass thank you very much! I'd vote down Highland Park but take Hamtramck.

You can live safely in the Cass if you live withing the "green zone" of the Wayne State PD patrol... cool area with good food and music within wallking distance.

Also.... working at D21 I'd say Dearborn and Allen Park are nice and very affordable. I dont know which side of DTW that D21 is on for traffic though.

Michael
 

mjh55404

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Hahah This has to be a joke! If you want to be close to DTW, Canton is nice suburb, Plymouth, Northville, and Novi are really nice as well, but a little bit more pricey!

I personally would recommend downtown Plymouth!
Dont trash the Cass man :)

I was suprised but Plymouth is nice and has a cool downtown with bars and places to eat. My best friend lives there.... when I lived in Detroit I had never had a reason to check it out but I'd say it is nice.
 

JRAU0729

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i am going to the academy in Sept and will be at the facility in Dec!!!!!!!! i am living in Canton...seems to be a very nice area!!!! anyone know how the training is at the facilitiy?
 

JRAU0729

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so i just got my FOL friday and the locality % says 14.16....on the locality percentage on here it says 24.09....it also has my pay when i start at the facility at 46k. 46k would be the standard 37,070 plus 24.09%....anyone have any thoughts/?
 

GeorgeM

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so i just got my FOL friday and the locality % says 14.16....on the locality percentage on here it says 24.09....it also has my pay when i start at the facility at 46k. 46k would be the standard 37,070 plus 24.09%....anyone have any thoughts/?
Locality pay for OKC is 14.16%.