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FAA Expands Air Traffic Education Program

By Tish Drake | April 13, 2010
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FAA said Monday added five colleges and universities to its Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI), bringing the total number of participating schools to 36 to help help recruit candidates for terminal and en route air traffic controller positions.

The five schools joining the program are: Sacramento City College, (Sacramento, Calif.), Florida Institute of Technology College of Aeronautics (Melbourne, Fla.), Texas State Technical College (Waco, Texas), Western Michigan University (Battle Creek, Mich.), and Hesston College (Hesston, Kan.). CTI institutions are not given federal funds to teach air traffic control courses, however the FAA does provide curriculum and instructor notes on air traffic basics. The institutions independently incorporate the material into their aviation programs. The AT-CTI curriculum provides appropriate education, experience, and training which meet the basic requirements for the terminal and en route air traffic occupations. As a result, AT-CTI graduates may be permitted to bypass the initial five-week air traffic basics training when they report to the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.

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