Hello everyone. Name is Rob. Just became a member here. If you have any questions about ZDC, feel free to ask me. Hopefully I can answer most of them.Im at zdc now, I have two R(radar) sides and getting no training(I can staff so they can train more CPCs).
@rogersjf your numbers are spot on with the amount of ppl we are suppose to be getting, although i though i read to the board to have 51 in FY12.
Again to training, depending on which area you get assigned, they are all behind but some are at a full stop training developmentals(unless you are a Radar developmental training at a sector that a CPC does not need training at). The training delay backpay program stops in October of this year, unless both sides says it needs to be extended. All of the developmentals in my area are getting zero training, and dont expect that to change for 2 months, but after that I think things should go a little better. Until all of the eligable to retire CPCs' hit the eject button.
Ahh damnit, i just remembered, ERAM is OIC(some acronym meaning it is going to be implemented) sometime late this year... So all CPCs will have to be pulled from the floor for a day or two for 'refresher' training. There is another around 3-5 months of no training
If you didn't already read the DOT IG said FAA is seriously understaffed, he is correct, deadly correct. And what ever happens on this next contract we might have a serious mass exodus. FYI ~35% of the controllers are eligible right now, 50% in the next 3 years
By the way, anyone with a TOL to ZDC and don't have a contact at the center you can email me thomas at reddn dot com (dont use PM's this PM limit BS is annoying) with any questions etc
ERAM for ZDC is delayed by a few months, into 2013. Hopefully that will start the process of developmentals getting trained again. With the 8 areas into 6, everyone who isn't a controller (developmental/new-hire) really has the short end of the stick.
Hope to see more new faces around the building sometime soon.
Graduated ERAU 06/04
Received initial call 06/06