Detroit TRACON - D21

Charlie_Tango

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I will be arriving at D21 on April 1st for my first day of work. Anything I need to bring with me outside of my required HR docs, pen, highlighter, and notebook? Any help would be appreciated.

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Purplelobj

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I will be arriving at D21 on April 1st for my first day of work. Anything I need to bring with me outside of my required HR docs, pen, highlighter, and notebook? Any help would be appreciated.

V/R

CT
Just a photo ID to get in. First day you'll get a binder of maps, callsign, airport identifiers etc then take a tour. You'll hangout in the training department doing self study until your first class (flight data)
 

Charlie_Tango

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Just a photo ID to get in. First day you'll get a binder of maps, callsign, airport identifiers etc then take a tour. You'll hangout in the training department doing self study until your first class (flight data)
Thank you for the information. How’s the workload there? I know it’s a level 11 but this thread is kinda old. Are you guys working 6 days? I know that won’t effect me until I have my first position cert. Sorry for the bombardment of questions but I appreciate you taking the time to answer my last post.

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Stinger

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Thank you for the information. How’s the workload there? I know it’s a level 11 but this thread is kinda old. Are you guys working 6 days? I know that won’t effect me until I have my first position cert. Sorry for the bombardment of questions but I appreciate you taking the time to answer my last post.

CT
In terms of just straight traffic count, D21 is the slowest out of all the level 11 Tracons. Not much lower than Minneapolis M98 though. All the others (P50, A90, F11, L30) are about 100,000 ops busier every year....that's a significant amount when D21 has 500,000 ops per year.
 

Purplelobj

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Thank you for the information. How’s the workload there? I know it’s a level 11 but this thread is kinda old. Are you guys working 6 days? I know that won’t effect me until I have my first position cert. Sorry for the bombardment of questions but I appreciate you taking the time to answer my last post.

CT
Yes, a majority of the controllers are working six day work weeks... It is not mandatory though.

There are 12 control positions (two departures, four satellites, three feeders, three finals) plus monitors, flight data, and four coordinator positions that you will certify on. Depending on your background, finals or satellite seem to be the most difficult for most people.
 

Charlie_Tango

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In terms of just straight traffic count, D21 is the slowest out of all the level 11 Tracons. Not much lower than Minneapolis M98 though. All the others (P50, A90, F11, L30) are about 100,000 ops busier every year....that's a significant amount when D21 has 500,000 ops per year.
Wow, that’s pretty exciting to know that I’m coming into a facility that has great operations. I think it’s going to be fun. Believe it or not I’ve been teaching 3rd grade for the last year so it’ll be really good to comeback to ATC
 

Charlie_Tango

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Yes, a majority of the controllers are working six day work weeks... It is not mandatory though.

There are 12 control positions (two departures, four satellites, three feeders, three finals) plus monitors, flight data, and four coordinator positions that you will certify on. Depending on your background, finals or satellite seem to be the most difficult for most people.
Ive heard from my friends at other facilities that they had difficulties with satallites. All I can do is study and train. Just like in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The only way to get better is by doing. One thing I know is I’ll give it 110% of my effort.
 

Stinger

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Directions to the TRACON or best way to find it for my first time visit. I have to pick up my keys to my apartment and wanted to poke my head in.
(734) 955-5000
Call that number for the main facility number. Say you'd like to stop by for your first visit.
You'll have to park in a parking garage or airport parking and then go through the terminal. Once you get a badge and card you'll be able to park in the basement of the structure next to the terminal.
The tower/tracon is on the north end of the A concourse in the McNamara Terminal. In between gates A63 and A65.
 

Purplelobj

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Directions to the TRACON or best way to find it for my first time visit. I have to pick up my keys to my apartment and wanted to poke my head in.
What Stinger said... park in the macnamara parking garage (bring your ticket they'll validate parking) then because you will be unable to get through security you'll have to call the facility and someone will come and escort you in (likely a guard). You can wait for them by the security checkpoint by international check in. They'll walk you in and out.
 

Charlie_Tango

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(734) 955-5000
Call that number for the main facility number. Say you'd like to stop by for your first visit.
You'll have to park in a parking garage or airport parking and then go through the terminal. Once you get a badge and card you'll be able to park in the basement of the structure next to the terminal.
The tower/tracon is on the north end of the A concourse in the McNamara Terminal. In between gates A63 and A65.
I’ve tried to call that number a few times. I haven’t had anyone pick up as of yet. I left a message though. So when I drive into the airport are there signs for McNamara parking? Im not trying to sound dumb but I don’t want to be late trying to find my way when I do show up.
Thank you and purpleobj for all the help? Has the D21 gotten many new guys recently? Or is it kindof one at a time?

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