An Examination of the Impact of Option Preference on Success in FAA ATC Academy Training

In 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) modified the selection and placement process for newly hired air traffic controllers. Among other procedural changes, the way new hires were assigned to the air traffic options (i.e., en route vs. terminal) changed significantly from previous placement practices. This study looks at the reactions of students regarding their option placements under the new system. In particular, their original option preference, actual option assigned, satisfaction with their actual option placement, and intentions to switch options later on in their career were assessed with a brief survey. The relationship of their responses to these items and their first performance indicator (i.e., passing/failing at the Academy) was also examined.


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  • Accession Number: 01711009
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 24 2019 4:06PM