For Immediate Release

December 5, 2001
Contact: Joette Storm
Phone: (907) 271-5296


The FAA's Alaskan Region has announced plans to administer the Air Traffic Control test in five communities across the state in mid January.

U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age who have at least 3 years of progressively responsible work experience that demonstrates the potential for learning and performing air traffic control work are eligible to take the test.

Testing is planned to occur in Ketchikan, Sitka, Kotzebue, Nome and Talkeetna as part of a "local hire" initiative. The agency goal is to hire from within the populations of these communities for positions at their respective Flight Service Stations. Applicants who achieve a qualifying score on the exam will be considered for future vacancies at the stations. Appointment to a position will require satisfactory completion of a medical exam, security clearance, drug test, psychological exam and successful completion of initial air traffic studies at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City OK.

Air Traffic Control Specialists in the Flight Service Stations provide a full range of services to pilots including pre-flight weather briefings, in-flight radio communications and emergency assistance to all pilots on request. They give information about actual weather conditions and forecasts for airports and flight paths; transmit air traffic control instructions to pilots; provide local airport traffic advisory information; broadcast weather and other pertinent information; assist pilots in emergency situations, initiate searches for missing or overdue aircraft; they also maintain and disseminate Notices to Airmen information.

Application packets are available at the Job Service offices in each location. Announcement information may be found on the internet at:

http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at/local_hire.htm

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