FAA cuts air traffic control training at aeronautical center in Oklahoma City

Training has been canceled at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, which hosts 1,000 students at a time. Classes could resume Oct. 1 if funding becomes available.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: April 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm •  Published: April 24, 2013
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Most of the courses scheduled between April 15 and September 30 have been deferred, an FAA spokesman said. All affected classes are expected to finish by mid-June. There are now about 531 students at the center and by the end of June, the FAA expects that to be down to 100-150. All academy employees are being furloughed up to 11 days, or approximately one day per pay period. The FAA reduced the number of contract employees, who assist with instructing, because many of the classes were deferred.

Also, delays and flight cancellations piled up at airports across the country this week as air traffic controllers began taking mandatory unpaid days off.

Karen Carney, a spokeswoman at Will Rogers World Airport, said she didn't expect the furloughs to impact service in Oklahoma City, but travelers could experience delays at connecting airports.

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by Jennifer Palmer
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Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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The FAA does not anticipate an immediate impact to its future air traffic controller staffing plans; however, if training is not able to resume this fall, the reduced pool of controllers could create facility staffing challenges in the next two to three years.”

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