FX1816 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1400 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2700 times:
I am going to be heading off, hopefully soon, to the FAA Academy in OKC for ATC training. I was wondering if any current or former ATC can help me with what I can expect or how things generally flow at the academy?? Any info or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
Dinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1077 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2516 times:
It all depends upon what type of facility you are going to. Are you going to a center, tracon or tower? Let me know and i'll see if I can help. Feel free to PM me with any questions you got about OKC itself, where to live and what not.
Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
SPREE34 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2347 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2476 times:
Quoting FX1816 (Thread starter): I was wondering if any current or former ATC can help me with what I can expect or how things generally flow at the academy?? Any info or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
Ears and Eyes open, Mouth shut.
Know that you are working for the federal agency that is, probably, the most despised by it's employees than any other.
Know that you are nothing to this organization. NOTHING but a numerical figure on a document. You may be somewhat important to the agency until they no longer need you. (Ask an FSS employee to explain this.)
Expect your pay statements to say Lockheed Martin, or Boeing ATM in the near future.
Live well below your financial means, and save/invest money. Your pay is not likely to increase after about your 3rd or 4th year.
Keep your expectations low and you probably can minimize your disappointments.
Develop a healthy disregard for human life.
I don't understand everything I don't know about this.