I'd recommend you try Ask A Flight Surgeon - Air Traffic Control - ATC - AviationI am also colorblind... and my dream is to be an ATC. I took a look at this site, and really lost my hopes... http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/aam/ame/guide/media/Acceptable Tests ATCS -2152 and contract.pdf
What do I do from here... I will not be content until my dreams are fulfilled... what did you do?
"Darken ship. Make darken ship reports to DC Central."Red light is the least detrimental to your night vision. If you enter a dark room and turn on a white flashlight the time for your eyes to adjust will take longer than would a red light.
Absolutely if he does not qualify for the equipment at his facility he will be moved.Hi All!
I have a friend who just failed his medical because of the color vision test. He is a D1 and was almost D2...he didn’t know he had a color vision deficiency, as he passed his initial medical to get hired. He has to wait to take an alternative test with the flight surgeon. Apparently the test can say you are only qualified for ERAM, Stars, or arts. He is afraid of failing the eram portion and only being eligible for a tracon or tower. Would the FAA then place him at a different facility? Has anyone had any experiences like this?
Hello everyone whose colorblind. I just passed the ATCOV! Heres some help. They just did an update and changed brightness levels. It helps. There are 4 sections. Each section is pass/fail. and you must obtain 90% to pass. You have two chances to pass each section. If you are already in the agency (CPC, or DEV) and you do not pass the first section (radar ID) a report will print and limit you to what equipment you can use. This is STARS, ARTS, ERAM, and OCEAN21. Hopefully if you fail one piece of equipment you don't use that at your Facility. The Radar ID was the hardest for me but here's some tips. Its broken down into each of the four types of equipment. Each data block is different based on that equipment. For STARS if your looking for the color "yellow" it will always be a point out. So yellow data blocks in STARS always have the letters "PO" to the right of the data block. Green DO Not. I cannot tell these colors apart and that is the only way I passed this section. On ERAM when your looking for "RED" it is ALWAYS in the conflict alert. So look for the letters "CA" to the right or on top of the data block. This is similar on OCEAN21 when your looking for "ORANGE" if it has red "CA" to the right of the db it will also have orange, pick that one. Unfortunately if you cant see orange you may have a problem with this one because there are some dbs where the call sign is orange and there is no "CA" Also on ERAM if you are looking for "CORAL" it only appears two places in the db. The first is on a box around the arrow in between the two altitudes and the second is on a box around the "C" at the end of the alt line of the db. There are no other boxes in the data blocks. If you cannot see the color just scan the second line of the db for an arrow with a box or a "C" with a box. I think that's the non-RVSM indicator but I work VFR tower so I'm unsure. Also on STARS and ARTS section some colors are much easier for me to see on certain back grounds. For example yellow is easier for me to see on the black back ground than the red. If this is the case for you do those first. Remember % based. On OCEAN21 there is a section that has a yellow shade. Some dbs have that in the first two lines and some have the letters "OTP" of "OTV" (sorry cant remember) to the right of the db. Make sure not to forget those. Like I said Radar ID was the hardest and longest section. There are 3 other sections and were easier. On the "CA" Alert portion there are 3 or 4 screens in a row that have "no alert". If you come to a portion and you forgot what color you are looking for you can hit "back" before you make any selections this also resets your time to 30 seconds. And finally read the directions. It sounds silly but the directions will give you clues to the next page. A lot of the dbs have other ways of ID other than color and it will give you hints in the directions. Radar ID took me an hour. The entire test took 1:30. I hope it helps.