Skip to comments.FAA changes hiring practices for air traffic controllers ignoring qualified students and vets
Posted on 06/10/2014 8:32:42 PM PDT by massmike
DENVER - Thousands of potential FAA air traffic control trainees, with College Initiative Training (CTI) degrees or previous military experience, have been told by the federal agency they are no longer eligible for job interviews. Instead, the FAA has decided to accept less qualified applicants, apparently to satisfy concerns that the agency needs a more diverse workforce.
"We were told through the FAA, if you want to be a controller you need to go through one of our CTI-approved programs," said CTI graduate Ryan Meryhew.
In the past, Ryan Meryhew would have been considered "highly qualified" for the FAA's air traffic control program, and like veterans who had military traffic control experience, he would have been given preference in the hiring process.
But suddenly, earlier this year, thousands of students like Ryan were told they were no longer eligible to proceed with the application process.
No one that the CALL7 Investigators spoke with about the hiring changes knew why the FAA set aside those who were proven to be successful in favor of taking a chance on hires off the street.
"I believe that the FAA's motivation is to gain more diversity in the hiring pool," said Kuhlmann. "But they won't say it in that way. They will not say it. Even on the teleconference. They'll just say, 'We've engineered the biographical questionnaire in a way that we think will promote diversity.'"
However, if that is the case, a 2013 FAA report contradicts that position by stating, "It is clear that the 36 academic institutions helped introduce the air traffic control profession to minorities who may have not been familiar with jobs and opportunities that the field of aviation represents."
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Affirmative action costs lives. Democrats couldn’t care less.
Because the thing that really matters, in a position that is entirely confined to a voice on a radio, is the color of their skin, not any actual ability to do the job.
And the reason they’re not outright saying they made the change to enhance “diversity” is because when the inevitable mistake occurs, there won’t be anyone on record saying that they valued skin color higher than actual ability, so the policy won’t bite any of the “higher-ups” who created and promulgated the policy, and will instead bite the hiring agents and the managers who selected the candidates for hiring poor controllers (as if the requirement constraints didn’t all but dictate that they hire less qualified candidates).
I’m glad I do not fly within the US any longer.
Isn’t English the universal language of air traffic control? I guess they’ll be changing that to ebonics soon.
Probably selecting out veterans with real-world military air traffic control experience.
Damn I hope we can get rid of these (#*#**
Hey, the incompetents and less-intelligent need jobs too!
Wouldn't be skin pigmentation, would it?
The left has been getting innocent people killed for many decades.
This looks like the makings of a lawsuit.
And our inillustrious Congress says?...
When ideology trumps facts, the downstream consequences in this case will be deadly.
Thanks libs! You own this disaster-in-the-making too!
Eh, what’s a few extra hundred deaths in the air per year compared with the demise of 250 million right-wing extremists they’ve been planning for some time now? /hs
Good. Put all the diversity queens on the planes for the dry run of the new work force.
Let them stand trial when the first mid-air takes place.
My flying days are over. I’ve been around the world enough times already.
Good luck to the rest of you.
Spoke with am air traffic controller friend on this and, yes, it is what you think it is - more stupidity from the Obama admin, for the most part, although I believe my friend said that this push actually started during the Bush years but it has been co-opted by Obama Marxists.
Military Vets ping.
Put your money where your mouth is Obama. Hire affirmative action pilots for AF1 and the air traffic controllers.
I was a USAF controller for 20 years. I saw these FAA minority hiring programs back in the 70s. I did not like it then, I don’t like it now, but that is the kind of government we have.