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Giving disabled pilots wings

General Aviation News

Two groups have banded together for a common goal to help disabled pilots fly.

EAA Chapter 1083 and John Robinson, the founder of AV84all.org, will build a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer in Salisbury, North Carolina. The EAA chapter members will launch the build Sept.10, 2016, at Rowan County Airport (KRUQ).

Cruzer with Kit

“When I was first contacted by Zenith about helping John with this special project, I felt it was a great chance to help with one of the most important missions of our chapter — to encourage, educate and promote aviation for all,” said EAA Chapter 1083 President Jack Neubacher.

Robinson said he is excited about what the group project will do for his organization.

“EAA Chapter 1083 is literally making a dream come true for AV84all.org,” he said. “Without their help it would take a lot longer to get this project off of the ground and they are making flying for the disabled a reality.”

Cruzer with DrawingsAfter earning his pilot’s license through Able Flight in 2015, Robinson wanted to continue on the journey of making general aviation accessible for all people with disabilities. He formed the non-profit organization, AV84all.org, and this group build project is the first step in allowing pilots with disabilities to form a flying club with a Zenith aircraft.

John Robinson

John Robinson

Other goals for AV84all.org include a ground school, trial flights, flight training, simulator sessions, and more, he said.

Charles Stites, the Executive Director of Able Flight, is optimistic about the opportunities this project will establish for people with disabilities in many different areas.

“It’s wonderful to see this project come together, not as an Able Flight project, but as an initiative of someone who has been through our program,” he said. “And it’s especially gratifying that Zenith Aircraft, a company that also supports Able Flight, has generously chosen to  work with EAA Chapter 1083 to help make this possible. I am hopeful that the success of this project will inspire similar efforts throughout the country.”

Zenith Aircraft will provide an engineering review to help customize this Zenith CH 750 Cruzer to better fit the needs of the pilots with disabilities involved in this project.

“One of the wonderful things about experimental amateur built airplanes is they can be fully customized by the builder to make it one of a kind,” said Sebastien Heintz, owner of Zenith Aircraft. “The new EAA Maker Edition of SolidWorks is a tool that will be used for the customization of the needed hand controls for this group build project. This computer-aided design software offers a huge advantage to the owner/builder/pilot when building their own aircraft, and especially for those who have a specific purpose in mind.”

Help is needed to make this project a reality for all pilots with disabilities. Tax deductible donations are being accepted now for kit parts, tools, engine, and avionics for this project atav84all.org/donate or by calling John Robinson at 704-302-3276.

Upgrades continue at Asheboro Regional Airport; new terminal still in plans

The Courier-Tribune

Much public business remains on hold until after the November election, and that includes city officials traveling to Washington in search of federal assistance for a new airport terminal.

Much public business remains on hold until after the November election, and that includes city officials traveling to Washington in search of federal assistance for a new airport terminal.

“We’ll be going right after the swearing in of the new president and new Congress,” City Manager John Ogburn said last week.

Ogburn said local officials have discussed a project to replace the small terminal that’s more than 40 years old at the Asheboro Regional Airport with U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., who represents District 6, which includes Randolph County. Ogburn also said the city will hire a firm with experience lobbying for municipal governments to help marshal a request for money through the political process in D.C.

“We feel good about our chances,” Ogburn said, “but we do need that professional skill in Washington through the appropriations phase. Asheboro is a regional airport. It lines up nicely with the megasite, which will be a southeast regional site. There will be a federal role in helping serve this airport.”

The city has $1.3 million set aside for a new terminal, including $500,000 earmarked by the state toward construction of a new terminal. The city also hopes to get money from the county for the project. Members of the airport authority have pledged to raise half a million dollars as part of a private campaign.

The estimated cost of a two-story, 22,739-square-foot terminal — a proposal presented last October, during a special joint meeting of the Asheboro City Council, the Randolph County Commissioners and the Asheboro Airport Authority — is $7.5 million. The facility built of glass, block and stone is designed to look like an airplane wing from the air.

Ogburn said the basic idea, down to “the roof shaped like a wing,” is good.

The cost, not so much.

“That’s a really high number,” he said. “I don’t anticipate it being that much.”

At their regular July meeting, Asheboro City Council members approved agreements with the N.C. DOT Division of Aging to use grant monies for a ramp/apron rehabilitation project: Up to $98,100 for design and bid work (or 90 percent of the estimated $109,000 cost) and up to $531,000 for construction (90 percent of the estimated $590,000 cost). The apron is where planes are parked, unloaded or loaded, refueled, or boarded at an airport.

Council members also approved the use of up to $44,698 in state funds (90 percent of the estimated $49,655) for preliminary design for the new terminal.

The plan unveiled in October included an animated PowerPoint presentation with detailed views of the proposed terminal, inside and out. But, Ogburn said, greater detail is required to move forward: “You couldn’t let a bid — or get an exact price — with just a floor plan or a concept.”

The airport on Pilots View Road, off N.C. 49 west of town, was established in its present location in the mid-1960s. It is one of 26 business class size airports in the state and sees more than 125 flights per week.

“We’ve got air traffic out there — the operation out there is strong,” Ogburn said. “The airport has served us well for so long. The last piece of the puzzle out there is the vertical space, which is the terminal building.”

The runway is more than a mile long, enough to accommodate most business jets. The facility also has a full-length taxiway. Work is under way to gain approval for precision approaches at the airport, reducing the minimum altitude of approaches from 800 feet to about 300 feet, so that pilots can fly into and out of the facility when visibility is low.

City staff is working on some indoor remodeling, including HVAC and bathroom upgrades, at the current terminal. If a new terminal is built, the old one would not be torn down. Plans call for using it as a base for flight instruction.

In 2001, North Carolina legislators tapped the N.C. Aviation Museum at the airport as the future home of a state aviation Hall of Fame. Today, letters on the exterior of a large hangar note that it houses the North Carolina Aviation Museum & Hall of Fame, but there is only a museum. A Hall of Fame has never been developed.

The terminal proposal envisions space dedicated to pivotal events and personalities important in North Carolina’s aviation history, sort of a “teaser” Hall of Fame. Nearby doors at the end of the building would lead visitors out-of-doors to a covered walkway to the museum.

Proponents say a new terminal — offering improved facilities for pilots, as well as meeting rooms and a cafe open to the public — would bolster the economic impact the airport already has on the aviation side of the ledger, while also growing its contribution to the county’s tourism economy.

The state completed an economic impact survey of North Carolina’s airports in 2012 and set the annual economic contribution of Asheboro’s airport at $5.9 million.

Currently, the tax value of airplanes hangared at the Asheboro airport is almost $5.2 million, which contributes to city and county coffers the tax equivalent of about 42 homes worth $121,000. With improved facilities, proponents say, the number of planes that call the Asheboro airport home could double in a decade.

Cherry Point Marks 75th Anniversary

DREW C. WILSON – AviationPros

Aug. 18–In the course of 75 years, fields and swamps along the Neuse River in Eastern North Carolina became the largest Marine Corps Air Station in the United States.

And as Cherry Point celebrates its 75th anniversary, the future may just be as bright as its historic past.

“I look forward to support for this base and for the Marines here for another 75 years,” said Col. Chris Pappas III, who last month relinquished command of the air station.

In a recent interview, Pappas made clear why Cherry Point has a bright future.

“Cherry point right now is at a strategic transition point,” he said. “This base was born out of World War II.”

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Cherry Point. It was on Aug. 18, 1941, that the commandant of the Marine Corps, Lt. Gen. Thomas Holcomb, wrote a letter establishing “Air Facilities under Development at Cherry Point.” It was also on that date that Lt. Thomas J. Cushman, the base’s first commanding officer, reported for duty with four enlisted Marines.

With war waging in Europe in early 1941 — and months before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor — the Marine Corps was already planning an unprecedented expansion and needed a new, central location to train. A new aircraft facility was part of the plan.

The specifications required “an area at least 10 miles square, unobstructed by public roads, railroads, industries or habitations which would interfere with the firing of artillery weapons up to 6-inch, or with aircraft and anti-aircraft gunnery.” Furthermore, “a real necessity exits for a training area for the Fleet Marine Force units on the Atlantic coast.”

Soon it was apparent that eastern North Carolina was the most suitable geographic location for the air station and an even larger Marine Camp that would become Camp Lejeune.

Initially, military officials pointed to an area called Wilkinson Point and its vast undeveloped territory in rural Pamlico County as the best choice for a base, but the Marine Corps changed its mind and decided to put the station on the other side of the Neuse River between Slocum Creek and Hancock Creek in Craven County because of the presence of a railroad line that could bring in the enormous amount of building materials required for the endeavor.

On Feb. 18, 1941, Congress authorized $25 million for the air facility on the banks of the Neuse River.

More than 40 local land owners, some willingly and others through condemnation proceedings, had their property seized. Some 7,582 acres were taken to create space for the airfield and its proposed 16 squadrons of 310 planes. The purchase price was $104,869.

It was a monumental undertaking to clear forest lands and fill swamps, essentially by any means necessary, including use of dynamite to remove tree stumps and to create ditches for mosquito control.

The facility was originally named Cunningham Field after the first Marine Corps pilot, Alfred A. Cunningham, but on Dec. 1, 1941, it was renamed U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

Six days later, Japan made a devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, war was declared and a new urgency was placed on completion of the air station.

Workers came from all across eastern North Carolina to earn good wages building the station.

About 60 million board feet of timber was milled during base construction. An asphalt plant using sand found at the site produced enough pavement “to pave an 18-foot highway 265 miles long” working at a rate of 50 tons per hour.

The base would need 1,320 housing units for the growing number of military personnel, which swelled from just four on Aug. 18, 1941 to 20,776 in Nov. 1943.

During that time, wave after wave of airmen flying F4U Corsairs and PBJ Bombers trained and deployed, mostly to the South Pacific to fight Japan island to island.

Some of the original hangars built at the base are still standing, along with many other structures from that era.

“This base has some of the oldest hangars in the Marine Corps, average about 57 years old,” said Pappas.

After World War II, Cherry Point became the site of a distinguished, cutting edge electronic warfare community that had important roles in the Korean War in the early 1950s. In 1962, reconnaissance aircraft provided President Kennedy with the photographic information he would use to prove the existence of long range ballistic missiles in Cuba. Aircraft from those same Cherry Point-based electronic warfare squadrons played a vital role in Vietnam.

The wide and varied types of aircraft that have called Cherry Point home are numerous, but a jet that could take off and land like a helicopter, the Harrier, has been a mainstay for four decades.

However, by the next decade, those AV-8B Harriers will begin to be replaced by the Marine Corps’ fifth-generation jet, the F-35B Lightning II.

For two years already, Fleet Readiness Center East, the base’s enormous aircraft rework and repair facility, has been receiving the new jets for early modifications, mostly from Beaufort, S.C., which is part of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing based at Cherry Point.

Beginning in 2022 and 2023, the first of seven squadrons of F-35s will activate at Cherry Point.

But to get ready for them, major upgrades will have to be undertaken. Hangars are going to be demolished and rebuilt. The air traffic control tower will be taken down and rebuilt in a new location. About $1.6 billion in renovations will be required to prepare for the jets.

“One of the things that the station gets an opportunity to do is all the planning and development so that we are ready to receive those new aircraft so Marines can work on them, they have got a place to repair them and so Marines also have an opportunity to deploy that new asset,” said Pappas.

Cherry Point will be transformed from a 20th century air station with propeller planes to a 21st century master jet base for fifth generation fighter aircraft.

“We have been laying the groundwork for that in years and years in planning,” said Pappas. “What’s going to come here in the next three years is the start of that construction, and so in 2023 when that first JSF squadron is active and operating out of Cherry Point, it is going to be a very exciting day not just for the base but for the legacy of all of the folks that have worked to get that here. That’s what I see that’s coming and it’s going to be a very, very impressive facility when it’s completed.”

James Norment, a member of the Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow lobby group, said the base has a strong future.

“As long as the Marine Corps serves this country, I think that Marine Corps aviation is going to be an essential part of their mission and Cherry Point is the master jet base on the East Coast for the Marine Corps,” he said.

He said that in addition to the main air station, Cherry Point operates training ranges used by the Navy and Air Force and also directs all air traffic in the area, adding to its value.

“We learned in the 2005 BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) process that the Cherry Point facility itself and the training ranges together are probably the most valuable asset in Marine Corps aviation,” said Norment. “We’ll see a pivot to the West Coast at some point. We’ll see a pivot back to the East Coast, and I expect Cherry Point will be strong for the next 75 years.”

He said that the changes coming to the base over the next decade and a half with the arrival of the F-35B aircraft set Cherry Point up for a bright future.

“It is going to be a tremendous amount of change,” he said, “and I think that over the next 20 years you will see more (military construction) money spent on buildings at Cherry Point than on any 20-year period in its past, so I think it is a bright, strong future.”

Charter School in High Point Enters Aviation

CINDE INGRAM, AviationPros

The sky’s no limit as a High Point charter school expands to offer aviation and international programs similar to those found at a local public school.

A new aviation lab at Phoenix Academy will aid the area’s future workforce as well as add current competition for Andrews Aviation Academy at Andrews High School.

The number enrolled in the Andrews academy is expected to double to 100 students with the rising ninth grade for the 2016-17 school year. The program, with strict admissions guidelines, won praise during the Guilford Education Alliance Summit in April.

Kip Blakely, vice president of customer service and government relations of Triad-based aviation company HAECO America, said his company is pleased with the caliber of employees it gets through the Andrews program but needs more workers.

Paul Norcross, co-founder of Phoenix Academy, along with his wife, Kim, who serves as superintendent of Phoenix, say they recognized a need for more aviation and logistics careers to replace furniture and textiles jobs lost to Asia.

“These guys at HAECO and Honda are investing billions of dollars here, and if we don’t have a workforce, they’re going to leave,” Paul Norcoss said. “Flight crews are one thing, but for one plane to be in the sky, that’s 150 ground crew that have to be there to keep it up in the sky. There needs to be an additional pipeline.”

Norcross estimates 12,000 jobs in this area relate to the new aviation and logistics program.

Nora Carr, Guilford County Schools chief of staff and co-interim superintendent, said she finds its interesting that charter schools often copy GCS in innovative programs.

“We offered the first aviation program at Andrews, and now there’s an aviation academy coming on line at Phoenix Academy in the High Point area,” she said. “We’ve offered International Baccalaureate programs for almost 10 years now, and that’s being added to Phoenix Academy in High Point.”

She also pointed out that the school system worked for two years to help bring Say Yes to Education, a national college scholarship initiative, to Guilford County Schools students.

“Now the charter schools are saying they want in on that, too,” she said. “So how do you have it both ways? Are we competing, or are we supposed to cooperate? If what you want is collaboration, it’s like asking Coke and Pepsi to share their trade secrets.”

Since 1996, High Point Central High School has been an authorized IB school. Guilford County Schools is one of the few North Carolina districts authorized to offer the prestigious diploma program.

Norcross’ daughter graduated from Central with an IB diploma. Norcross said it opened doors and helped her gain entry into higher education. Phoenix recently began offering International Baccalaureate studies.

“We are supposed to be innovative, and I think we’re the first charter school in North Carolina to be IB,” Kim Norcross said. “We are currently a diploma program candidate school for the 11th and 12th grade, so when our kids are ready, the program will be there for them to roll up to. Right now we go through grade nine, but the program goes through 10. We went through our growth, and now we’ve stabilized. Our first graduating class will be 2020.”

The Norcrosses opened a small private school with three families and five children in 1997, which eventually became the Phoenix Academy charter school in 1999. At the time, they had no idea the charter concept would reach such heights.

“We had a huge amount of support from the people at Immaculate Heart of Mary,” Kim Norcross said. “We give credit to the people at IHM who helped us start it.”

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Aviation is taking off in the Triad and that means more jobs and even more money for you.  The best part: You can get the training you need right here in the Triad!

Guilford Technical Community College offers an Aviation Systems Technology, Aircraft Maintenance Program. Nick Yale, the Aviation Director at GTCC says the school offers two additional sections every Spring.
“The addition has been made due to local student and industry demand for licensed technicians,” said Yale. “These two offerings, along with the two we have every Fall will allow for 240 students in the program at any one point with 120 graduating technicians per year.”
Graduating technicians can apply for work at any of the leading Aviation companies in the Triad, often starting at $65,000 a year.
North State Aviation is a Triad company ready to hire you.  The company, located at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem performs preventive maintenance, maintenance, repair, inspection and alterations on the Boeing and Airbus airplanes.
“Basically, we can work on more planes and that means more jobs,” explained Charlie Creech, the President of North State Aviation.
Employment inquiries should be directed to hr@northstateaviation.com or by calling the company at 336-837-1350.
Both HAECO Americas and Piedmont Triad International Airport are hiring.  You can find the links to their open positions by clicking here.

ECi Cylinder AD takes effect Sept. 15

AvWeb

The FAA has issued its final rule on the controversial airworthiness directive that will require the replacement of cylinders on 6,200 high-displacement Continental engines. It takes effect on Sept. 15. The AD, which scraps thousands of aftermarket cylinders made by ECi, was initially proposed in 2013 for 520, 550 and some 470 model Continentals that had ECi cylinders installed. The agency said there were too many reports of cracks and cylinder head separations involving the cylinders and wanted all of them sold between September of 2002 and June of 2009 replaced.

The AD caused a storm of protest from owners, engine shops and manufacturers and prompted a long consultation process by the FAA. Even the NTSB opposed the scope and breadth of the AD. In the end, after several modifications, the agency has determined that the 6,200 engines will need all their cylinders replaced at a total cost of $88.5 million for U.S. owners, or about $11,520 per engine. It determined that a manufacturing defect is the root cause of the issues and that adding engine monitors or schooling pilots in correct operation of the engines won’t be enough. There are also thousands of affected engines in other countries and normal practice is for other jurisdictions to adopt ADs like this.

There is a range of application for the AD, but in general no one with the cylinders will be able to fly more than 320 hours before they have to be replaced and no one will be able get more than 1,160 hours out of them. The cylinders cannot be overhauled or installed in other engines. They have to be scrapped. AOPA, which has fought the AD on the grounds that the number of failures (82) is not enough to warrant such widespread pain, says that now that the rule has been finalized, it will concentrate on pressing alternative means of compliance.

Continental Motors had a beef with the wording in the AD. Continental bought the parent company of ECi (Danbury Aerospace) last year, six years after the last affected cylinder was made, but the FAA references Continental in the AD. “Continental Motors was never involved in the design, production, or distribution of the cylinders affected by this AD,” Continental said in a news release.  “After the acquisition of the assets of Danbury Aerospace, Continental Motors terminated the production of ECi style cylinders for Continental Motors engines, offering its customers genuine Continental Motors Cylinders from its Mobile factory.”

Medical reform: ‘It’s not over’

General Aviation News

As pilots at AirVenture 2016 and throughout the nation celebrated the July 15th signing of the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 and the Third Class Medical reforms it included, the bill’s sponsor, Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahom) warned “it’s not over.”

During an interview at his North 40 camp site at Oshkosh, Inhofe expressed concern regarding the FAA’s rule making latitude going forward.

“Our job is not over yet because the FAA has up to a year from the date of signing to interpret the law and write new regulations,” he said. “The clock is ticking.”

GAN writer Tom Snow interviews Senator James Inhofe at AirVenture 2016.

GAN writer Tom Snow interviews Senator James Inhofe at AirVenture 2016.

Inhofe added that the bill’s co-sponsors and the pilot community must remain vigilant and involved to ensure that the spirit and intent of the new law is reflected in the FAA’s revised rules for private pilots.

“Letter writing campaigns by (members of) the EAA and the AOPA were very effective in getting the bill passed,” added Inhofe. “Those letters were a great source of leverage for us and we could not have done it without strong support from the pilot community.”

Inhofe said he had many one-on-one meetings with his Senate colleagues to solicit their support.

“We had more support from lawmakers on Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 than on the first bill,” he said, referring to Pilot’s Bill of Rights 1, which took two years to get passed.

Inhofe cited critical “across the aisle” support for the first bill from Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada).

In addition to third class medical reform, the newly-passed bill also includes a wide range of new protections for pilots, including improved due process if an FAA enforcement action is initiated.

Inhofe, 81, is an avid pilot and aircraft owner with over 12,000 hours logged. He’s been attending the Oshkosh fly-in for 36 years and has flown in and camped for 32 consecutive years. Inhofe has owned the same Grumman Tiger for 36 years and he once bought 54 brand new Tigers from the Grumman factory in Savannah when it was closing out production of that line. However, an RV-6 is his favorite airplane.

Inhofe in one of his planes

Inhofe’s RV-8

Inhofe introduced the first Pilot’s Bill of Rights Bill in July 2011 after he experienced first-hand the deficiencies of the FAA’s relationship with the general aviation community due to the treatment he received from the FAA when he was cited for landing a Cessna 340 twin on a runway in Texas that turned out to be closed, but not by an official NOTAM.

“It took me four months to get a recording of the clearance to land I received from the controller,” said Inhofe. “For those four months, I thought some unelected bureaucrat could take away my ability to fly an airplane … and it could happen to any one of you.”

On a personal note, Inhofe is looking forward to third class medical reform because he had a quadruple heart bypass three years ago and once again experienced what he describes as the overly-bureaucratic FAA processes that discourage many pilots from renewing their medical certificates.

When the new regulations kick in come July 2017, Inhofe will no longer be required to see an FAA doctor each year to maintain his third class medical. Instead, along with thousands of other private pilots across the country, he will only be required to take an online aeromedical course every two years and to see his personal doctor at least once every four years.

Will there be a Pilot’s Bill of Rights 3? Inhofe said it remains to be seen, but that he will carefully monitor the FAA’s rulemaking process over the next year, adding he is willing to introduce a third bill if needed.

449th Theater Aviation Brigade at the Army Aviation Support Facility 1 in Morrisville, North Carolina

The North Carolina Army National Guard hosted a change of command ceremony for the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade at the Army Aviation Support Facility 1 in Morrisville, North Carolina, August 7, 2016.
Col. Jeffrey L. Copeland, who is moving on to Joint Force Headquarters as the Army Chief of Staff, handed over command to Lt. Col. Joseph W. Bishop, previously commander of 1-130th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion.
Brig. Gen. James C. Ernst, the assistant adjutant general for maneuver, was in attendance to provide words of encouragement for the outgoing and incoming commanders.
“We have never had a more trained, ready and responsive force. Hundreds of our 449th Guardsmen are combat veterans with valuable knowledge, leadership skills and technical expertise,” said Ernst.
Throughout its existence, the 449th has responded to numerous natural disasters, both within North Carolina and throughout the United States. Proving instrumental in providing aviation command, the 449th has been noteworthy during Hurricanes Fran, Floyd and Katrina.
“I conclude my aviation career today with great respect for the NC Aviation Team and proud to have been part of that team. I will miss the flying, I loved to fly and my time in command, but time flies when you are having fun,” said Copeland.
Copeland congratulated Bishop and emphasized his capabilities for his new role as commander.
“Lt. Col. Bishop is an experienced, capable aviator and compassionate leader with common sense. I am confident that as the incoming brigade commander he will continue to know what is happening, know what is not happening, and know what to do about it.”
Once taking the podium, Bishop recognized Maj. Gen Beth Austin, Brig. Gen. James Ernst and distinguished guests for attending. He then thanked all those in attendance, paying particular attention his family, wife and children, and read a quote by Winston Churchill.
“‘The reservist is twice the citizen’,” said Bishop. “We as citizen soldiers do not do it alone. It takes a big support system to do what we do, from our families and friends and employers.”
Bishop, who has served 18 years in the United State Army and Army National Guard, has served in multiple leadership positions at the battalion and brigade level and has deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a Senior Army Aviator, he is qualified in the OH-58, AH-64A and AH-64D helicopters.
449th Theater Aviation Brigade last deployed in April 2009 to Iraq as the Multi-National Corps Combat Aviation Brigade, with responsibility for all fixed and rotary-wing aviation support of senior leadership, medical evacuation and air movement.
The 449th TAB was formed in 1986. The 449th is a dynamic organization with the capabilities to aid state and federal emergency response with air-lift support, aerial reconnaissance, search and rescue and mountain and water aerial rescue (NCHART), as well as counter-drug support to law enforcement agencies. It is the home to Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 2-151 Aviation (Security and Support); Charlie Company, 1-131st Aviation; 2-130th Aviation Operations Battalion and the 1-130th Apache helicopter Attack Reconnaissance Battalion.

The FAA is Hiring Air Traffic Controllers

In preparation for the future workforce, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it will be accepting applications from entry-level candidates for air traffic controller positions from August 8-15, 2016.

“We provide the safest, most efficient airspace system in the world and we need exceptional people to support our mission,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

 The FAA regulates the aviation industry to ensure that every person who travels through America’s skies arrives safely at their destination. The FAA employs more than 14,000 air traffic controllers who are largely responsible for carrying out this mission.

 The job vacancy announcement for the position of Air Traffic Control Specialist-Trainee will be available on USAJobs.gov, the federal government’s official job site.  If you’re interested in applying, you can establish an online account today. This is a highly competitive position. The agency expects more than 25,000 applications for approximately 1,400 positions during the seven-day job opening.  All applicants will need to meet basic qualifications and answer specific questions for this position once the job is announced.

Air Traffic Control Specialists (ATCS) are responsible for the safe, orderly, and expeditious movement of air traffic through the nation’s airspace. Developmental controllers receive a wide range of training in controlling and separating live air traffic within designated airspace at and around an air traffic control tower or radar approach control facility, or air route traffic control center.  As a new ATCS, you will spend your first several months of employment in an intensive training program at the FAA Academy located in Oklahoma City, OK.

 The FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 affected the ATCS hiring process.  As a result of this legislation, candidates who graduated from a Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program are required to submit proof of graduation and an appropriate recommendation from the CTI institution. Eligible veteran candidates are required to provide a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active duty within 120 days of the announcement closing.  The FAA strongly encourages potential applicants to take the necessary measures to obtain this information as soon as possible to receive consideration for ATCS positons.

 To learn more about the air traffic controller profession as well as an overview of the day-to-day work please view this link:

 https://www.faa.gov/jobs/