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Aviation Development Program (ADP)

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The FAA has created the Aviation Development Program (ADP), a pilot program that provides an opportunity for Persons with Targeted Disabilities (PWTD) to gain aviation knowledge and experience as an air traffic control student trainee. This program also helps us identify participants who demonstrate the aptitude and ability for appointment to the Air Traffic Control Specialist (ATCS) (2152) occupation.

Participants in the program will receive up to one year of experience in an Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) with the potential to be appointed to a temporary ATCS position at the FAA Academy.

ADP Qualifications include:

  • United States Citizenship
  • The qualification for Schedule A Direct Hiring Authority
  • Meeting Office of Personnel Management ATC Qualification Standards
  • Passing Air Traffic Skills Assessment (ATSA) Aptitude Test
  • Not surpassing 30 Years of Age
  • Passing a Medical/Security Review
  • Possessing English Proficiency
  • Education and/or Work experience:
    • Three years of progressively responsible work experience or,
    • a Bachelor's degree or;
    • a combination of post-secondary education and work experience that totals three years.

Next Steps

Potential Candidates

If you are interested in participating in the pilot program as a Potential Candidate, first you must Build your Candidate Profile. You will be able to select from any of the ten designated locations listed below.

While the information session is not required to be part of the ADP Pilot program, you are highly encouraged to register and attend to gain an insightful overview of the program. After attending the information session, you are invited to attend an optional follow up tour of the designated facility to experience air traffic operations in action. See below for registration links:

In-Person Information Session/Facility Tour Schedule
Dates Registration Facility Location
April 3 – Info Session
April 4 – Facility Tour
Boston Info Session
Boston ARTCC Facility Tour
Boston ARTCC
April 17 – Info Session
April 18 – Facility Tour
Memphis Info Session
Memphis ARTCC Facility Tour
Memphis ARTCC
April 24 – Info Session
April 25 – Facility Tour
Seattle Info Session Seattle ARTCC
May 8 – Info Session
May 9 – Facility Tour
Cleveland Info Session Cleveland ARTCC
May 15 – Info Session
May 16 – Facility Tour
Jacksonville Info Session Jacksonville ARTCC
May 22 – Info Session
May 23 – Facility Tour
Salt Lake City ARTCC
June 5 – Info Session
June 6 – Facility Tour
Fort Worth Info Session Fort Worth ARTCC
June 19 – Info Session
June 20 – Facility Tour
Minneapolis ARTCC
TBD Kansas City Info Session Kansas City ARTCC

Potential Partner Organization

If you are an organization interested in partnering with the FAA, Contact our Partner Liaison for more information.

The goals of the ADP are to:

  • Support, develop, build, and champion a capable and diverse Air Traffic Control workforce.
  • Introduce PWTD candidates to a potential career in aviation
  • Increase the hiring of PWTD in the FAA.
  • Establish partnerships with local organizations that support PWTD.
  • Provide pilot facilities with training in diversity, hiring practices, and ongoing technical and professional development.

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