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Frosty wrote:But that means in Cork you have to LISTEN to whats happening and trains you to have a good ear for R/T. What use is it if you da all your training somewhere there's no traffic and go to a big airport on x-country and get your head done in by all the constant babble
True point there. How bout the practise of switching to a quiet frequency? I know its a criticised practise....it works !
VATSIM is a great tool to get to know Air Traffic Control. It is all simulated by "pilots" sitting at home on their flight sims flying online.
PS: Excuse the size of the pics, I have a dual monitor setup for my ATC
EI-WAT wrote:EI717 wrote:EI-WAT i seriously doubt they will be taking on controllers anytime soon
, they basically screwed the last class of cadets they employed, left them go half way through their training, some went abroad to south africa working and the rest of the class stayed at home and went back to their old jobs, i think now that they may be back training now 2 years after they were let go, i also emailed the iaa bout the possibility of recruiting a class anytime soon but they responded that no class will be recruited for the foreseeable future.
Thats where your wrong as i know 1 person from the last class who is working in eiwf
Eiwat even though you know a person in the class,it is 6 or more months on and there is still no signs of recruitment.As far as I know the class that stayed are now back over a year now,while the controllers that went abroad to South Africa are still there for another year or 2.I know someone who is interested and that enquired about recruiment and The HR department indicated that they have no plans to hire for the next 2 or 3 years.In fact Ireland is only one of the few countries that have enough Atc's,almost every other country are short
Apply to Eurocontrol in Maastricht if you dont mind living in Holland. You just basically need resonable Leaving Cert results. They will pay for your flights and accomodation for all the stages in the selection process. I went last year and got to the final interview stage and then messed up my interview and didnt get it! You have to go through a day long seris of hard apptitude testing, then if your sucessful at that you will be invited back over again for another round of testing, this time group work eg making flight plans together etc. If your sucessful at that they will ask you back again for a final interview. Along with your application you have to submit an eyetest as well. All these can be downloaded from their website
http://www.eurocontrol.int/corporate/pu ... s_atc.html
Also you could apply to the UK. Go onto the NATS website
Their apptitude testing is a bit easier and you apply online. Initially you have to take an online numerical test which is quite difficult but their apptitude testing is not as hard as Eurocontols. They will not pay for flights or accomodation.
Both of these constantly recruit and if you meet the minimum standards you should be called over.
As for failure rates. After getting offered a place as a student ATCO with Eurocontrol I think only 40-60% of students get through the training. With NATS its a lot higher about 80% get through the training. However only about 4% of people who apply get accepted as a student ATCO.
If you ever do apply and want more detail on the selection process PM me and ill go into more detail. Good luck!
For NATS I think you can apply in 6th year just before you do your Leaving Cert but for Eurocontrol I think you have to be 19.
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