The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is accelerating air traffic controller training and hiring under the Enhanced Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) programme.
The FAA will be able to hire more people who can start facility training right away after graduation about the Enhanced AT-CTI programme, which will strengthen the present hiring pipeline.
The comprehensive curriculum given at the FAA Air Traffic Controller Academy may be presented at universities participating in the AT-CTI programme, according to FAA authorization. Upon graduation from one of the approved educational institutions, prospective hires can start localised training in an air traffic facility right away. These graduates still need to fulfil security and medical standards, as well as pass the Air Traffic Skills Assessment (ATSA) exam.
In April 2024, colleges will submit their applications to be a part of the Enhanced AT-CTI programme. The FAA will then partner with the colleges that are chosen to sign agreements that include the new curriculum. Now, the FAA has surveyed to find out which AT-CTI programme institutions can and would like to use the new improvements starting in the 2024–2025 academic year.
The FAA will oversee all programme requirements and has already offered guidelines on academy standards and coursework to ensure the best calibre of Enhanced AT-CTI graduating students. These educational institutions will adhere to all of the new Enhanced AT-CTI program’s participation, testing, technology, and monitoring guidelines.
Applications for air traffic controller positions can be found through the current AT-CTI programme, which is a non-funded collaboration between the FAA and a few schools and universities.
After the National Airspace System Safety Review Team Report was released, the FAA launched the Enhanced AT-CTI programme, one of many initiatives to boost controller numbers and enhance training. By December 2025, all seats at the FAA Academy will be filled, experienced controllers from the military and business sector will be hired year-round, and 95 locations will have enhanced tower simulator systems installed.