- - Let's begin this premise that the current situation with Covid-19 doesn't/didn't/won't exist. It's commercial aviation as normal in Q3 2019 and is on the same trajectory.
- An airliners.net reader, in his late 30's, has had a successful career in IT/Software Development.
- He'll never be an ATP (that ship has sailed, no $$$ for that, and keeping a 1st-class medical? Nope)..
- This person is very curious as to what it would take, if it's possible or even realistic, to take a chance and say "I'd like to switch my career, and become an Air Traffic Controller."
Anyway, I had been planning on posting this "thought experiment" on behalf of "my friend" whom was curious about this for over a year. I know there are some ATC folks here. If any of you chime in: Thank you. I wish I had posted this 6 months ago, and any thoughtful insights from those in the know will be genuinely appreciated.
Unfortunately this is now a "fantasy" post so responses gotta factor out the current Covid-19 situation. Questions:
- -What was the demand like 6 months ago?
-What would the training regimen be like, from ground zero? Expensive? How long?
-Would he likely need to quit his full-time job to go through this training?
-Is there a demand for new ATC employees? [Covid disclaimer!]
Cheers, and stay safe everyone.