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FAA changes hiring practices for air traffic controllers ignoring qualified students and vets
thedenverchannel.com ^ | 06/10/2014 | John Ferrugia, Catherine Shelley

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at thedenverchannel.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: affirmativeaction; aviation; bho44; bhofaa; faa

1 posted on 06/10/2014 8:32:42 PM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike
, the FAA has decided to accept less qualified applicants, apparently to satisfy concerns that the agency needs a more diverse workforce.

WTF?!

2 posted on 06/10/2014 8:34:37 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: massmike
, the FAA has decided to accept less qualified applicants, apparently to satisfy concerns that the agency needs a more diverse workforce.

WTF?!

3 posted on 06/10/2014 8:34:38 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: massmike

Affirmative action costs lives. Democrats couldn’t care less.


4 posted on 06/10/2014 8:36:00 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: massmike

Illegal.


5 posted on 06/10/2014 8:37:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: massmike

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).


6 posted on 06/10/2014 8:41:00 PM PDT by Little Pig
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To: massmike

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.


7 posted on 06/10/2014 8:42:31 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED.)
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To: 43north

Probably selecting out veterans with real-world military air traffic control experience.

Damn I hope we can get rid of these (#*#**


8 posted on 06/10/2014 8:46:12 PM PDT by sgtyork (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy)
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To: massmike

Hey, the incompetents and less-intelligent need jobs too!


9 posted on 06/10/2014 8:46:50 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: massmike
**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.**

Wouldn't be skin pigmentation, would it?

10 posted on 06/10/2014 8:47:07 PM PDT by Paulie (Buy local, bank local, exert your influence locally; the left will fold like a cheap suit.)
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To: uncitizen

WTF?!

The left has been getting innocent people killed for many decades.


11 posted on 06/10/2014 8:51:28 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: massmike

This looks like the makings of a lawsuit.


12 posted on 06/10/2014 8:53:42 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: massmike

And our inillustrious Congress says?...


13 posted on 06/10/2014 8:59:46 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: massmike

When ideology trumps facts, the downstream consequences in this case will be deadly.

Thanks libs! You own this disaster-in-the-making too!


14 posted on 06/10/2014 9:06:22 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: theBuckwheat

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

HF


15 posted on 06/10/2014 9:18:20 PM PDT by holden
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To: massmike

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.


16 posted on 06/10/2014 9:22:18 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Paulie
Wouldn't be skin pigmentation, would it?

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.

17 posted on 06/10/2014 9:39:24 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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To: massmike; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Military Vets ping.


18 posted on 06/10/2014 9:40:42 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: massmike

Put your money where your mouth is Obama. Hire affirmative action pilots for AF1 and the air traffic controllers.


19 posted on 06/10/2014 9:54:17 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


20 posted on 06/10/2014 10:02:16 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Mark17
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.

Marine ATC here, late 70's early 80's. We had some established black Marine Controllers (E-5/E-6)at the time. Noticed a sudden influx of newbies just out of A-school that were black. Didn't think anything of it.

MCAS Yuma was non-radar (except GCA), at the time and, by far, the busiest air station in the USMC or USN. Very difficult to get Facility rated there (manual approach, everything in your head)and a lot get canned. One of our brand new black L/Cpls was struggling and was on the verge of getting bounced out to crash crew. Of course, he tried to play the race card. First time I had ever experienced that. This is on crew, up in the Tower (I was Tower Supervisor that day) and on watch.

Well, before I could even open my mouth, S/SGT JJ Thrasher, black Marine and damn fine Controller, just jumped down his ass with both feet and I mean hard. He brow beat this guy, drill instructor style, right down the tower steps (very tall) and into the OICs office. The look of absolute confused terror was priceless. I, mostly, succeeded in suppressing a laugh. Mostly. We got ol' JJ drunk that night at the club.

That was the last we saw of him until he showed up in crash crew two weeks later.
21 posted on 06/11/2014 12:35:38 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: headstamp 2

The left has just figured quick way to kill offf the middle class in large numbers. /semi sarcasm


22 posted on 06/11/2014 12:43:17 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: 98ZJ USMC

As I am sure you know, intelligence only has a certain affect on it, but bring a good air traffic controller, and being smart, do not always go together. I also helped “bounce” people out of the career field. We called it “washing out”. Only a few times did I ever see the race/gender card played in ref to washing people out. My motivation, was because I thought these people were a hazard to air navigation. Let me also say, the best controller I ever saw, was a black female from Tennessee. That woman could flat out move some aircraft around the sky. Her husband was almost as good as she was too. The bottom line, if people could effectively control airplanes, I don’t care what color they were. I do not, however, like race based hiring practices, even if the government does.


23 posted on 06/11/2014 1:21:27 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: uncitizen

“WTF?!”

Once they were doing it for medical schools, it was all over. I am overly impressed with white guys in any profession, because they must be from the top of the heap; if not, they’d have lost out to the tokens. On the flip side, I’m rarely impressed by any of the “preferred minorities”; they know why they are there, are aware of their inadequacy, and it effects performance.


24 posted on 06/11/2014 4:02:18 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: massmike

Great...The ATC will be speaking Eubonics while LaTisha will be trying to talk a 747 down while watching Daytime TV.


25 posted on 06/11/2014 6:21:46 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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