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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
  • Under the age of 31 as of July 31, 2019
  • 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 ADP as a Potential Candidate, first you must Build your Candidate Profile. You will be able to select from any of the ten designated locations.

Meet with a representative from FAA's Aviation Development Program to gain an overview of the program. You can submit an appointment request to

Meet with an FAA ADP Representative
Dates City
April 2 - April 4 Boston
April 16 - April 18 Memphis
April 23 - April 25 Seattle
May 7 - May 9 Cleveland
May 14 - May 16 Jacksonville
May 21 - May 23 Salt Lake City
June 4 - June 6 Fort Worth
June 11 - June 13 Kansas City
June 13 Virtual Online Session
June 18 - June 20 Minneapolis
July 16 - July 18 Denver

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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