ERIC Number: ED215179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Air Traffic Controllers Testing and Training Program. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, Ninety-Seventh Congress. First Session (December 16, 1981). Serial No. 97-84.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
This document is a transcript of a United States Senate subcommittee hearing which was conducted to review the effort the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration have undertaken to hire and train new air traffic controllers to take the places of those controllers who went on strike in August, 1981, and were subsequently fired. Testimony was given by J. Lynn Helms, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and by John Edwards, vice president, air traffic, Professional Association of Aeronautical Center Employees, with additions by their staff members. Mr. Helms testified that the FAA is beginning to train 500 new controllers a month to replace those who were fired, with a goal of bringing the traffic controllers' ranks up to or above the previous strength in about 3 years. He said that the training, which is conducted by the FAA Academy and the University of Oklahoma, is maintaining the same high standards it has always held, and that many retired controllers had been or would be called back to supplement the training force. Mr. Edwards, head of the Union of Traffic Controller Instructors, testified that the instructors' morale was low because they had been left out of a pay raise package proposed for field controllers; because they had lost the benefit of working regular hours--for which they had signed on at the Academy; and because they had not received any appreciation from the FAA for staying on their jobs during the strike. He also said bureaucratic regulations were making it difficult for instructors to care about or help their students. Additional statements by Earl Hobbs, Jr., Air Traffic Contoller, and James King, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, were read into the record. (KC)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.