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Any Air Traffic Controllers On Here?  
User currently offlineAirlineguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 348 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

Are they any Air Traffic Controllers that are members of Airliners.net?

I am looking for the advice on the best steps to become an Air Traffic Controller.


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User currently offlineZID From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

Yes, but it has changed so very much since I was hired that I'll have to ask around.

I'm not joking! This is my job!
User currently offlineAirlineguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2314 times:


I live in Indiananoplace also.

User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2307 times:

Try the Eurocontrol website:


User currently offlineJ.mo From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 667 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2290 times:

There are two ways I know of now. Military ATC experience or through this school: http://db.mctc.mnscu.edu/aviation/airTraffic/atc.htm

The FAA hires directly through this school. I did the Military route, through the Air National Guard, and start training with the FAA in February.


What is the difference between Fighter pilots and God? God never thought he was a fighter pilot.
User currently offlineAtcboy73 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2284 times:

Listen up Airlineguy  Smile

Community College of Beaver County (PA) just out side of PIT is the best kept secret to getting a job as an air traffic controller.

Its how I got mine.

Why is it so great. Its a two year program with the fist year getting your private pilot . You can do this at Beaver county or you can do this at home. I chose to do it at home in Kansas City as well as getting some other courses (math and science) out of the way. Then the second year was spent at the college. The school is located in Chippewa Township (spelling?) half way between PIT and Youngstown, just east of the PA, Ohio border.

As part of the second year at college you get good radar simulation experience and you also get to work a live VFR tower. There are three flight schools at the airport so it stays pretty busy. And its a great community in that the pilots you are talking to are students of the school as well. I don't know if it is now but at the time I went there it was the only college working directly with the FAA that you could get tower time.

And for the most part it is pretty affordable. For $20,000.00 I got my year at Beaver county, including everything it takes to live except my car payment and car insurance.

Let me tell you bud, I love my job! Im in Waco now working tower and approach (and yes, even we can get busy) making $70,000 a year separating planes and guarding presidential airspace at Crawford TX.

The controllers that make up the air traffic control staff in the FAA are an awesome group of people to work with and its an honor to make the skies safe with them every day.

If you have any questions feel free to email me and remember---


Take care and good luck

User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4771 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2262 times:

I am one, here in the sunny island state of Singapore. You need to have a quick mind that makes split second decisions. Speaking well is the rule of the thumb as well because English is the only spoken language in ATC. Even flying domestically in Japan, pilots converse with ATC in English!

Formulating your thoughts and putting them into words is a challenging task under a stressful situation. Still we have to do it and you should be able to get better at it as time progresses.

Not only speaking in English is important, another challenge comes when you converse with pilots that do not speak English under normal circumstances. Even accented English sometimes throws me off guard (eg. Kiwi and Aussie accents).

There are also numerous restrictions to remember during your slot time in controlling eg. NOTAMs (there can be so many of these in a day!), weather patches to avoid, wake turbulence separation, co-ordination with other controllers. Also understanding the characteristics of the aircraft you are controlling (Fokker 50 vs a 747-400) before sequencing them into a approach funnel.... Phew! I could go on and on!

At the end of the day, when all is well, I give myself a pat on the shoulder for a job well done.

Welcome to my starry one world alliance, a team in the sky!
User currently offlineAirlineguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

Well, I have been working in airline operations since 1999. Figured it might be a safe move with better job sercurity as an ATC. I went to Purdue and took a couple ATC classes.

User currently offlineBlueShamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 3164 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2208 times:
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Speaking well is the rule of the thumb as well because English is the only spoken language in ATC.

The ICAO ruling is that in fact there are four accepted languages for ATC:
English, French, Spanish and Russian.

Whether or not it's safe to have multi-lingual transmissions on the same frequency is another topic altogether.


So I drive a 4x4. So what?! Tax the a$$ off me for it...oh, you already have... :-(
User currently offlineTrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1004 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

You guys should see the tower and tracon simulators at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach FL (unbelievable). I am now going to be working on my third ATC class working in The Orlando sector sim. I am pretty knowledgable about ATC and am a pilot also. My father was an Air Traffic Controller at Chicago Center until the PATCO strike :-(

User currently offlineOE-LDA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2158 times:

In Austrian airspace you may also use German for radio communication, as far as I know on all frequencies. In practise this means that on smaller airports most people will communicate in German whereas on larger airports and on the radar/information frequencies mostly English is used. But if you call Wien tower (119.4) in German it is legal and they will also respond in German. It is always the pilot who selects the language.

But I agree with BlueShamu330s that for the sake of flight dafety at least on the major frequencies English should be used exclusively.

Regards, OE-LDA

User currently offlineHerman From Singapore, joined Jul 2000, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2144 times:


Out of curiousity, do they have open-house at SATCC ?


 Smokin cool

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