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  • Trump infrastructure push faces cold shoulder from Congress

    06/15/2017 5:41:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WXOW News 19 ^ | June 6, 2017 | Erica Werner (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Repairing the nation's crumbling roads and bridges was supposed to be an area ripe for bipartisan compromise between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump. Instead, Democrats are panning Trump's proposed $1 trillion overhaul and even Republicans are balking at some aspects of the emerging plan. The White House's self-proclaimed "Infrastructure Week" began with Trump appearing Monday with aviation officials and some prominent GOP lawmakers to announce plans to privatize the nation's air traffic control system and separate operations from the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Schumer opposes Trump plan to privatize air traffic control

    06/11/2017 8:12:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11, 2017 7:24 AM EDT
    Sen. Charles Schumer says President Donald Trump’s plan to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system could mean higher costs for consumers. The New York Democrat and Senate minority leader said Sunday that the plan Trump announced on June 5 would give airlines too much control over costs. He also said that during any national security emergency, privatization could hamper communication between air traffic controllers and the Department of Defense. …
  • Trump plans week-long focus on infrastructure, starting with privatizing air traffic control

    06/03/2017 10:10:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 3, 2017 at 2:15 PM | John Wagner
    President Trump will seek to put a spotlight on his vows to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system and spur $1 trillion in new investment in roads, waterways and other infrastructure with a weeklong series of events starting Monday at the White House. The events — billed as “infrastructure week” — are part of a stepped-up effort since the president’s return a week ago from his first foreign trip to show that the White House remains focused on its agenda, despite cascading headlines about investigations into his administration’s ties to Russia. The president has invited executives from major airlines...
  • Police: Air traffic controller was sleeping while pilots' calls went unanswered [ BOISE]

    12/20/2016 6:18:22 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    KTVB ^ | December 18, 2016 | Katie Terhune
    The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating why pilots trying to land at the Boise Airport were met with silence from air traffic controllers during the early hours of Nov. 19. Boise Police officers and paramedics were called out to the air traffic control tower at 2:41 a.m. for a welfare check after learning that pilots and airport officials had been unable to reach the tower operators, despite trying multiple radio frequencies, telephone and the emergency "red phone." The first officers on scene wrote in a report that after reaching a locked gate, they used a spotlight to flash the tower...
  • Controller error sends jet from LAX into flight path of other plane

    12/20/2016 6:36:34 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    KABC ^ | December 20, 2016 | Rob Hayes
    ALTADENA, CA -- An air traffic controller error sent a jet from LAX into the flight path of another plane and flying low over the mountains above the San Gabriel Valley... an EVA Air Boeing 777 that left LAX around 1:20 a.m. heading to Taipei was given an incorrect instruction by a controller based in San Diego to turn left instead of right. That sent the airliner toward the mountains above Altadena, as well as toward the flight path of an Air Canada plane that had just taken off. Audio traffic indicates the same controller realizing the problem and telling...
  • House chairman: Trump favors privatizing air traffic control

    11/18/2016 6:43:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2016 5:11 PM EST | Joan Lowy
    A House committee chairman says President-elect Donald Trump likes the idea of spinning off air traffic control operations from the government and placing them under the control of a private, non-profit corporation chartered by Congress. Rep. Bill Shuster, head of the House transportation committee, told The Associated Press that he spoke to Trump about the idea several times both before and during the presidential election. He said he believes the president-elect would be supportive, although details would have to be worked out. …
  • TWA 800: Breaking -- Air Traffic Controller Tells All

    06/13/2016 8:53:08 AM PDT · by Lockbox · 463 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6-13-16 | Jack Cashill
    As I hoped would happen, American Thinker’s series on TWA Flight 800 has prompted individuals with first hand knowledge to come forward. “Mark Johnson” is one. An air traffic controller (ATC), he worked the night of July 17, 1996 -- the night TWA Flight 800 was destroyed -- at the New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) located in Westbury, New York. Johnson has provided me with his real name, and I have confirmed that he was in a position to know what he says he knows. He requested that I use an alias because he has children who depend...
  • FAA’s bid to expand air traffic hiring pool hits turbulence

    05/11/2016 9:54:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Newsday. ^ | April 24, 2016 | Candice Ruud
    Before the FAA changed the hiring protocol in 2014, the majority of new air traffic control hires had served as controllers in the military or graduated from an FAA-approved Collegiate Training Initiative program — resulting in associate’s or bachelor’s degrees — and were given preference in hiring because of that experience. ... Since 2014, any applicants with aviation degrees or military service are now on equal footing with people without any experience, because the first step to being hired means passing the questionnaire. In some cases, applicants with no experience are passing the questionnaire while those with academic training degrees...
  • Air Traffic Controllers Demand Investigation of FAA [blacks criticize affirmative action]

    07/06/2015 4:25:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 26 replies
    Fox Businesses ^ | May 29, 2015 | Adam Shapiro
    The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, NATCA, has called for an investigation of the FAA’s hiring practices following the FOX Business investigation “Trouble in the Skies” first telecast on May 20th. A just released statement from the union which represents the nation’s air traffic controllers says, “NATCA believes these allegations must be thoroughly investigated. The FAA should carefully examine its hiring practices to ensure the highest quality candidates are selected for the training process. The flying public deserves nothing less.” FOX Business uncovered cheating on a key exam to become an air traffic controller as well as serious questions about...
  • Shortage of air traffic controllers is growing

    12/15/2015 1:45:51 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    KDVR ^ | December 10, 2015
    Air traffic controllers are well paid, averaging $136,000 per year. However you have to be under 31-year-old to start, training takes years. ... A major part of the problem is the FAA changed the way it hires controllers about two years ago. They have recently been hiring more of them off the street, instead of candidates with military or college aviation training. Now many of them don't make it through training.
  • D.C., New York area airports put flights on hold [problems with air traffic control]

    08/15/2015 10:37:28 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 15, 2015 | Lynh Bui
    Washington area airports and others along the East Coast are reporting flight delays due to an issue with the system that routes air traffic, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control Web site. “The FAA is diagnosing an automation problem at an air traffic center in Leesburg, Va.,” according to a statement from the agency. “Some flights into and out of the New York and Washington, DC metro area airports area may be delayed.”
  • Affirmative Action Applied to Air Traffic Controllers

    06/11/2015 3:10:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 60 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | June 9, 2015 | Dave Blount
    How far will our ideologically demented ruling class push Affirmative Action before people start pushing back? Already it has played a role in destroying our schools, with a liberal judge actually abolishing aptitude tests on the grounds that blacks don’t score as well. But apparently people don’t think it matters whether teachers have any qualifications other than skin color. If being black can get you into the White House, why not a classroom? Maybe airliners crashing into each other will wake people up:
  • Trouble in the Skies

    05/21/2015 12:44:39 PM PDT · by ComputerGuy · 20 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 5/21/2015 | Adam Shapiro
    Trouble in the Skies Adam Shapiro FOX Business' "Trouble in the Skies," a six month investigation of the FAA’s new hiring practices, uncovered changes that may put the nation’s flying public at risk as well as allegations that the newest air traffic control recruits had access to answers on a key test that helped them gain jobs with the FAA. snip... Also uncovered was an FAA effort to promote diversity that discarded 3000 qualified college graduates with degrees in air traffic control despite their following FAA procedure and obtaining FAA accredited degrees.
  • How Air-Traffic Controllers Sound When They Have to Close the Airport [LaGuardia]

    03/07/2015 8:23:06 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    The Atlantic via Government Executive ^ | March 5, 2015 | James Fallows
    It's obviously good news that no one appears to have been hurt when a Delta Air Lines flight skidded off a runway this morning at LaGuardia airport. Here's an aspect of the whole process I find enlightening: Reader and aviation buff Ari Ofsevit sent a link to the LiveAtc.net recording of transmissions from the LaGuardia control tower while the episode was underway. It's not embeddable, but you can listen to an MP3 of the recording if you click here. A listener's guide to what you'll hear:
  • FAA changes hiring practices for air traffic controllers (Increase Diversity by eliminating Tests)

    06/03/2014 4:42:33 PM PDT · by equalator · 59 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 6-2-2014 | John Ferrugia, Catherine Shelley
    'We've engineered the biographical questionnaire in a way that we think will promote diversity.'" The initial hurdle for all applicants was based solely on a new, online biographical questionnaire that gave test takers instant results. "It didn't ask me anything about my college experience, my grades, my scores, (and) my ability for the actual job. It asked me what sports I played in high school. What was my least favorite subject in high school. Nothing related to aviation," remembered Meryhew
  • Air China 981 vs JFK ground control (Audio)

    05/29/2014 8:58:37 AM PDT · by Signalman · 38 replies
    LiveLeak.com ^ | 4/11/2014 | LiveLeak.com
  • NATCA Says ATC Hiring Scheme Needs Tweaking

    05/20/2014 5:17:03 PM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 11 replies
    AvWeb ^ | May 17, 2014 | Russ Niles
    The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is suggesting the FAA rethink its new ATC hiring protocol after the first attempt netted only a fraction of the controller trainee candidates it expected. As we reported in February, the agency revised its recruitment policies in the hopes of attracting a more diverse pool of prospective controllers. More than 28,000 people applied but of those, only 2,200 passed a somewhat mysterious "biographical questionnaire" to advance to the next selection level. NATCA says the FAA was hoping for 30 percent to pass the questionnaire phase. Among those who failed the questionnaire were graduates of...
  • FAA changes hiring practices for ATC, CTI students passed over for jobs despite being qualified

    05/08/2014 4:55:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    My Fox Phoenix ^ | 5/07/14 | John Hook
    **SNIP** "CTI students, much, much better. They're better trained better prepared they outperform the off the street hires," said Gilding. Anthony Foxx is the head of the Department of Transportation that oversees the FAA. This is how he described the hiring changes to Congress in March. "The FAA took an opportunity to take a broad opening of the aperture if you will to try to get a larger universe of applicants into the program," he said. "Opening the aperture", code for diversity. But just a year ago the FAA gave the CTI program a glowing review. Stating, "It is clear...
  • FAA seeks new air traffic controllers—no experience needed

    02/19/2014 1:38:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | Feb 13, 2014 8:53 PM EST | Tanita Gaither
    If you’re looking for a new career in the exciting field of aviation, the Federal Aviation Administration is now taking applications to for new air traffic controllers. The requirements for the position do not include, however, previous air traffic controller or aviation experience. The job previously sought those with military or prior aviation experience. […] The current job listing requires only United States citizenship, security clearance, a physical, fluency in English, three years of responsible work experience or a bachelor’s degree. The applicants must able to attend the FAA training academy prior to their 31st birthday and willing to locate...
  • Air traffic controller learns he's not being paid from paycheck

    10/13/2013 11:29:20 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 75 replies
    KTVU.COM ^ | Oct. 12, 2013 | Christien Kafton
    With the federal government shut down, air traffic controllers learned Friday that they'll be working without a paycheck until lawmakers start paying the bills again. “We have a stressful job, this just adds to it,” said 26 year veteran air traffic controller Greg Colyer. Colyer says after working an 80 hour pay period was stunned to see on his statement Friday that he had only been paid for 56 hours; right up until midnight October 1st. He's worried what will happen if the shutdown stretches through the next pay period. “In 2 weeks if congress doesn't pass a budget we're...