The Association of Collegiate Training Institutions is pleased to announce its support for the Air Traffic Controller Hiring Reform Act of 2019. Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Hoeven (R-ND) introduced this bill which would require the Federal Aviation Administration to hire veterans and graduates of the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program prior to hiring others under the “off the street” hiring process for Air Traffic Control Specialist positions, based on employment exam test scores.
The Act removes the requirement for the FAA to hire approximately equal amounts from “Pool 1” (veteran and AT-CTI) and “Pool 2” (all others), instead requiring the FAA to hire the Pool 1 individual when two applicants have the same employment test score.
The Act also requires the FAA to report to Congress additional statistical information concerning the success rates of individuals.
This legislation seeks to further improve the hiring process and reverse the drastic changes made by the FAA in 2014. The Association has been a strong advocate for CTI students and veterans in Congress and the courts and supported initiatives to provide the best qualified individuals with employment opportunities.