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Certified Professional Controller

Posted by GrinchWSLG , 30 Oct 2011 - - - - - - · 2,250 views

Forgot to mention this. After 2 years and 2 months I finally finished my last position at Spokane and certified as a professional controller. Feels good man. Now if only I had time to celebrate.  :heat:


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Radar

Posted by GrinchWSLG , 03 Aug 2011 - - - - - - · 814 views

Last Saturday I checked out on East Radar. I'd gotten West Radar about a week and a half prior. It took about 8 months of training on the floor to achieve this. With this I'm largely done with training at Spokane. All that's left is Missoula Radar, our remote site at Missoula, MT. Class for that starts Sep 11 so I'll get a nice break from...


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Numbers

Posted by GrinchWSLG , 21 Apr 2011 - - - - - - · 1,602 views

There are roughly 15,000 air traffic controllers in the FAA. There are somewhere around 50,000 flights every day over North America. Last week the minimum number of hours between shifts for a controller was 8. The average amount of sleep I get on a quick turn is 5 hours. 7 controllers have been caught sleeping in the past 2 weeks. 20-30% of mid shift...


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Tower Controller

Posted by GrinchWSLG , 05 Sep 2010 - - - - - - · 910 views

Today I had my checkride on Local Control and became a fully certified tower controller. It was a pretty slow traffic day but with my supervisor on vacation all last week and me going on vacation starting Tuesday we didn't have much of a choice. He missed an extremely excellent opportunity to watch me during and evening rush on Friday that was busier...


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One Year

Posted by GrinchWSLG , 14 Jul 2010 - - - - - - · 1,276 views

Its a little late but on July 8th I was officially an FAA employee for 1 year. Not only is this just a neat little milestone in my career, it means I'm no longer a probationary employee. Basically meaning they can't just fire me for any stupid reason now.

It was a pretty incredible year, probably one of the best years of my life. Spent about 3...


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Busy Day

Posted by GrinchWSLG , 26 Jun 2010 - - - - - - · 713 views

So, here's the rundown on how PV (Performance Verification) days always work out of us night shift suckers. On Thursday, the day before PV, we go in an hour early. This way we get the mandatory 8 hours between shifts. Then we go home at 2300 and come back at 0700 the next day. This is 8 hours later so of course we got 8 hours of sleep right?...


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70%

Posted by GrinchWSLG , 21 Jun 2010 - - - - - - · 694 views

Tonight we ran scenario 13 to get the week started.


What a horrible way to start a week.

I actually ran out of places to put planes. When the instructors called stop at the usual 50 minute mark I told them good cuz we were about out of airspace to stick planes. Running the same problem on the south side was even worse. I had planes everywhere, I was a...


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The Lab

Posted by GrinchWSLG , 15 Jun 2010 - - - - - - · 761 views

Here's a quick pic of where my torment is accomplished.

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Torrential rains aren't making this any more fun, especially when the "lavish" housing you get put up in for the...


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RTF

Posted by GrinchWSLG , 13 Jun 2010 - - - - - - · 939 views

Hoooooly crap.

Through week 3 of Terminal Radar Training in Oklahoma City. We started simulations this last week. This program makes tower training look like a day at the beach. Every new simulation has only one goal in mind, screw you over in new and fascinating ways. The last problems we ran on Friday just about destroyed us. Every time you thought you...


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Or Hardly Working

Posted by GrinchWSLG , 02 May 2010 - - - - - - · 958 views

Hard at work...

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