NYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1388 posts, RR: 9 Posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4298 times:
According to New York commuter paper "AM New York," there have been 19 near-misses in mid-air in the last 7 weeks, in metro New York airspace. The cover story is on this issue. The article goes on to talk about the growing shortage of ATCs here and says that planes are "getting dangerously close to one another here." The New York area is "woefully understaffed." Last year, 500 ATCs retired, and only 13 new hires!
what is going on here? why are ATCs so hard to recruit? any thoughts?
Quoting Alitalia744 (reply 4): that picture they used looks like somewhere (Gander?) during the 9-11 day when the airports were shut down, how often would you see that mix of aircraft at remote stands??
That is actually YHZ, taken in the few days after 9/11. Judging from the view of the picture, the photographer is standing at the 06 end of 06/24, and all the planes are parked on 15/33.
Just in case anybody cared.
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SPREE34 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2402 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3525 times:
NYCFler.."what is going on here? why are ATCs so hard to recruit? any thoughts?"
It's not that ATCs are hard to recruit. It's the Dumb Ass FAA did NOT start hiring replacement ATCs 4 years ago when they should have. Based on historical data such as academic failures, OJT washouts, and those who choose not to continue, FAA should have hired about 5000 per year for the last 4 years. Yeah that would be 20,000. 75% of which will never become ATCs for whatever reason. A lot of today's ATCs are also moving on to management jobs, so that's not even a net gain of 5000. I don't have the number now, but if I recall correctly, 6000 are eligible to retire by September 2007
Granted this was many years ago, of the 12 in my class that made it to the facility for local training, 3 of us certified as ATCs.
Oh, by the way, air traffic is increasing as ATCS (ATCO) numbers are decreasing. The post 9/11 slump was mostly "passenger" numbers, not air traffic movement numbers. The biz jets and GA kept flying, the military kept flying, and the box haulers kept flying. US Airways could go in the dumper tomorrow, and in 9 months our traffic count would be right back where it is today.
Better stop. I feel a rant coming on.
I don't understand everything I don't know about this.