IG tells FAA to speed up controller training

The U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General has told the FAA it must get a better handle on reducing training times for its new air traffic controllers. According to a report at Rotor.com, thousands of new controllers are needed over the next several years, but the average time to train a controller rose 41% between 2009 and 2012.

ISM’s Blakeney honored with Controller of the Year Award

Kissimmee Gateway Airport’s (ISM) air traffic control service provider Robinson Aviation (RVA) has named John Blakeney Outstanding Controller of the Year for 2011. Blakeney was selected from more than 500 controllers throughout the U.S. and is the only remaining original controller at Kissimmee Gateway Airport’s control tower since opening in 1997.

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