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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.16.08)

Aero-News: Quote of the Day

ANN's Quote of the Day usually derives from current news, though we reserve the right to pick quotes out of history that have a bearing on the day's events and issues.

Sometimes, you'll find them timely and in keeping with the content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be thought-provoking.

Reader suggestions and comments are welcome... and if particularly intriguing, timely, or poignant, may themselves become future Quotes of the Day.

Let us hear from you, folks!

Aero-News Quote of the Day

"The FAA put out a job announcement just last month that attracted 3,000 applicants in 15 days. The overwhelming response for new air traffic controller positions highlights the enthusiasm, passion and determination of our applicants. They are ready to work and we want to get them processed and in training as soon as possible."

Source: FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell. In what the agency terms an effort to streamline the application process for air traffic controllers, the FAA announced Friday it has created consolidated screening and testing centers to provide "one stop shopping" for prospective new employees. Dubbed Pre-Employment Processing Centers (PEPCs,) the centers couple screening and testing, and can rotate to the FAA facilities where prospective controllers are interviewed. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, however, believes that even if more controllers are hired under the FAA's new program, more quickly than before, they'll still find they're entering a hostile work environment.

FMI: www.faa.gov, www.natca.org

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