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How to become an Air Traffic Controller. Jobs, training, and salaries in US, UK, India
In this video I give you a brief introduction to the subject of a career as an Air Traffic Controller. This is a remake of a video I made in July 2018 but which was narrated with an AI auto-voice.
Air traffic control jobs are available for anyone seeking a first or second career in aviation.
The demand has been created by both the natural churn of controllers and the growth in the aviation industry.
Air Traffic Controllers are responsible for the safe and expeditious movement of aircraft in and around airports and other high traffic areas.
They coordinate take-offs and landings and make sure all the aircraft stay a safe distance apart.
Controllers communicate with pilots during flights to direct them during take-off and landing and to tell them about their route, weather conditions, runway closures, and other important information.
The main purpose of air traffic control is to help pilots to fly their aircraft safely to their destinations.
The job is also important for minimizing delays at the airport.
Air Traffic Controllers help aircraft arrive and leave as smoothly and quickly as possible while remaining within safety parameters.
What’s it like to be an Air Traffic Controller?
Air traffic controllers usually work in control facilities or towers.
Because most are responsible for aircraft take-offs and landings ATC towers are usually within the airfield boundary.
But some air traffic control facilities may be located miles away from the nearest airport. Some control facilities may be semi-dark, in order to enhance concentration on the information displayed on screens.
Air traffic control jobs are essential, but they can be stressful at times.
Controllers usually work eight-hour shifts, during which a lot of concentration is required.
Aircraft fly at all hours of the day and night, so Air Traffic Controllers may have to switch between day and night shifts, or work on weekends and holidays.
The Federal Aviation Authority limits shifts to 10 hours and requires that controllers have at least 9 hours of rest between shifts.
How to Become an Air Traffic Controller.
One way to become an air traffic controller in the USA is to get an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree from an approved Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative program.
There are 36 schools in the United States that offer AT-CTI programs.
You can also become a controller if you have at least three years of work experience, a bachelor’s degree in another field, or a combination of the two.
According to the Federal Aviation Authority, one year of college or 30 semester hours is equal to nine months of work experience.
To begin a career in air traffic control in the United States, you must be younger than 31 years of age.
You also must complete training at the Federal Aviation Authority Academy in Oklahoma City, pass a pre-employment test, and undergo a medical exam.
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