Cubastar From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 428 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5655 times:
I'm not ATC but I am a retired pilot. I just want to say one thing to this forum; and, I'm not brown nosing. The VAST number of controllers (any position/post) are hard working, dedicated, well trained individuals that have a VERY tough job. There is a lot of stress related work, difficult hours, etc., and it takes it's toll on them. We could not exist on our day to day job if they were not there!. Almost without exception, I found them to be helpful whenever they could. A lot of times we pilots could not see their "big picture" and we had to understand that they have their rules to follow and we would have to accept that. Grace Under Pressure would describe what most approach controllers are at the major airports. Once again, you do a terrific job. Thanks for helping all of us fly saftely.
Jerald01 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 161 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5484 times:
I worked as a controller while in the U.S. Air Force, but have been out of the game for over 30 years. I would like to get back into it but the FAA doesn't like to hire people that are older than dirt...
"There may be old pilots, and there may be bold pilots, but there are darn few green cows"
Pilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2561 posts, RR: 48
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5357 times:
i love ATC people, because they have the power to make pilots look dumb lol
do you know how many pilots ive flown with who think they know "better" about vectoring a/c down the loc, and who think they are masters of air traffic, constantly bitching about how the controller made this mistake made that mistake etc, it's so easy to sit there in one airplane and mock the guy who makes all the planes go....
so thanks guys, i wish more controllers would make funny comments now and then
The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!
OMA2FAI2SAV From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5244 times:
I am an ATC in the virtual world on VATSIM, does that count? lol. Anyways, I fly in the real world, and wanted to say thanks to all of you ATC. I really appreciate what you all do, and I know I am not alone. Thanks again, and Happy Holidays.
Malaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5174 times:
Id love to be in ATC, but I cant do that due to disability, but I have been trying to get into ATSS/ET openings, I am a bit tired of the FAA's behavior regarding the ATSS/ET selection. From what it looks like, I am always at the bottom of the application pile since I am not a Veteran and can never have Military service due to my disability. But I get an average of 20 inquiries each month from the FAA for this position and I keep signing them and sending them back out with "still interested" but I have never gotten to the next step. I wonder if some ATC applicants experience this with the FAA too? I am sure they get the inquiries when short-listed asking if they are still interested or not in the opening, but never get to the next step. I assume the next step would be an actual interview. I get repeat openings over and over all this year. I really wish the FAA would atleast consider me and short-list me past the "letter of inquiry step" I feel like I am getting BULK and JUNK mail at my house from Oklahoma City.
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