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As this government shutdown enters its second week, we need to let our elected officials know that it is negatively affecting the National Airspace System and the aviation safety professionals who operate and support it.
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Fewer fully trained controllers on the job now than any point in last 30 years
WASHINGTON – Because of the federal government shutdown, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has closed its training academy in Oklahoma City where new air traffic controller hires go to begin their careers. In addition, classroom and simulator training at air traffic control facilities also is suspended during this shutdown. Along with 3,000 other aviation safety professionals represented by NATCA, many new hires who have recently graduated from the academy and begun working at their first air traffic control facility are furloughed, their critical training halted along with their pay.
VIDEO: The National Air Traffic Controllers Association at Jacksonville International Airport organized a demonstration to raise awareness on the effects of the government shutdown.
One local air traffic controllers says his latest paycheck was for one cent.
Air traffic controllers and the government shutdown
Buffalo air traffic controllers had a special lunch of wings from across the border and Picasso's Pizza on Transit Road in Willamsville for lunch today.