It’d also help if they push in the technology that has already been available for 10+ years (CC screens) to open up even more workforce options for people like me. Eliminates frequency blocking, makes more departure corridors available, and a ton of other things reserved for a different discussion. ;)
But, of course, government bureaucrats control the money. Even Canada is about ten years ahead in implementing text to screen messaging. The FAA is notoriously slow in getting anything installed, which is sad. Privatization should be considered in order to eliminate total government control, which is what NAV Canada operates as, and look at them! Yes, salaries will most likely be cut for a while and uncertainty thrown around for the first few years, but will the payoffs in the future outweigh the costs? Congress keeps ducking around the issue and just pushing for temporary funding extensions.
@Nojerry: If you don’t want to move, you can kiss that idea goodbye. You won’t have much of a choice in the matter, as if you somehow get through the rounds of selection and pass the academy, you will be given a list of facilities who need controllers. Depending on ranking in the class, trainees will get first pick of where they want to go. Scratch off one by one until whatever is left will be the pot for the lower ranking classmates.
Be ready to brutally train. Such a low margin of people will slide through, and you have to aggressively pursue studying the material given. Remember, countless people, myself included, would kill for a spot. Years of evaluating the .65, weathering check evals, getting qualified for your facility, and so on, will do a number on your head if you can’t focus. There is no margin for error. People die if you do.
You can’t cruise off to college and expect to jump into a facility, btw. You need to go through the entire hiring process first and be trained properly. Apparently, revisions and favoritism have been modified to consider those who attend CTI schools, but it won’t help you much.