Dude you have the right attitude. When you get there don't take no for an answer, step up wearing your headset and say "Train Me!" train with anyone who will train you. Don't act cocky, don't be argumentitive, don't make excuses, listen and learn. Some folks are content to sit around and work FD, don't be one of those people. The other CPC's and supes will notice you as a motivated individual and get you trained. When you train with different folks you will get trained differently, just go with it and you will be fine.I take everything as I challenge. I didnt accept an FOL for a level 12 facility to get training wheels and a bib. If this job was easy than im sure as hell we wouldnt be stuck in the employment crisis we are in now. I hope the training is better than 07' but if it isnt it isnt necessarily going to stop me. I appreciate what your saying but I think people take too much negative out of N90 which maybe deserved but if you cant take the level 12 hit than I guess you werent cut out for it to begin with
Hey, gotta make a contribution to this awesome site and all of us who are looking for the information that the ever-loving FAA either fails or refuses to volunteer!Haha not at all. Thanks for the report although it only confirms what I've been hearing. Thanks for taking the time to post useful info tho.
When you called to set up the tour, did you just ask for the manager on duty and said "Hi, I'd like to come in for a tour."?I took a tour of the TRACON this morning around 11 o'clock. I spoke to the manager for about 10-15 mins before going into the control room (i dont know if there's a tech name or a nick name but that's what i'm calling it for now). At the risk of sounding like a kid on christmas morning..... IT WAS F*%#@*G AWESOME!
As far as rumors are concerned, i was told that nobody has been certified (CPC) since 2006 and there is a 50% washout rate, and he estimated a 12-14 month "check out", i'm assuming he meant with each developmental stage? not sure... and that's straight from the horse's mouth. When i asked how severe the "washout" technically was he said, "it depends on how you do in the lab, if you show some ability but fail the facility PV-there is a good chance you'll be assigned to another facility (i'm assuming at a lower level?)... if you fail the lab, most likely you'll be terminated from employment with the FAA."
Anywho... after sitting with one of the controllers and listening in for we pretty much ended the tour. Everyone i came in contact with really friendly. Nobody had an attitude or an arrogant demeanor and everyone wanted to say hi to me. I thanked him for his time and he said if i have any questions feel free to call the facility.
SORRY IF THIS WAS A BIT LONG-WINDED! LOL
nice, I'm going to start calling/emailing trying to get a tour at Boston Consolidated Tracon.actually i had an inside route... a friend of a friend of a friend gave me me the cell phone number of one of the supervisors, so when i called him to intro myself he said if i have any questions in the future or if i wanna set up a tour to give him a call. so i said "hey i'd love to tour the facility as soon as possible"... it was very friendly, relaxed, informal. just get a contact number for the place, give em a call, and hopefully be able to get you in sometime soon.