I'm just curious as to how hard it would be to bid out if I end up here. Fairbanks is supposed to be one of the facilities that you can go to if you want it regardless of what is on the list. I'm considering it since I'm young and single and would never have an opportunity like this again. I just don't want to be stuck there. Ideally I would like to be there for no more than 5 years then bid out somewhere else where I ultimately want to be.
Would it it be reasonably to think I could get out within 5 years or would I most likely end up stuck?
Expect a 2-year release date unless it's a promotion to a supervisor position. Their staffing has been awful for 10+ years.
Good synopsis, thanks for the post.Even that doesn't work! Realistically you can expect to check out in 12-14 months. Some have done it in way less, and others way longer. They are still short staffed. At least 85% are actively bidding out. The waiting list to leave is as long as the winters. The traffic is fun and challenging, if you're into that sort of thing. The facility as a whole is small, but has great views. To expect to leave after 5 years is realistic. They have gotten a few controllers who hardshipped out months after getting there...
That's good to hear. It looks like I'll be going there. I have my last ground pa today.I just got here and I really like it. From the trend it looks like it'll probably take 1-1.5 years to check out and a 2 year release date with current staffing. But management is awesome, its really laid back, everyone is friendly and helpful and they're certainly not trying to wash people out like the old rumors would have it. The city lacks a few things, but overall it's pretty charming town. Lots of good experience for beginners.