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

The Federal Aviation Administration has halted air traffic controller and technician training at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center as a result of budget cuts because of sequestration.

Students who were to begin training this spring and summer instead will be invited to attend classes starting Oct. 1, if funding is available, according to Laura Brown, a spokeswoman for the agency.

“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,” she said.

Some students are being allowed to complete their coursework, but the FAA couldn't say how many.

The center, at 6500 S MacArthur Blvd., hosts about 1,000 students at a time.

All FAA air traffic controllers receive their training at the Oklahoma City facility.

More than 300 contract workers at the Mike Monroney center recently received layoff notices, including 224 workers employed by Raytheon Co. and 94 who work for Interim Solutions for Government LLC, known as ISG. The ISG contractors were told the furloughs were temporary.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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