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Features April 2017 Issue

In The Hot Seat

For years, prospective center controllers were required to memorize this fictitious map in training. Actual facilities are often many times more complicated.

In The Hot Seat

Know the other side of the mic. Training to be a controller takes equal parts knowledge, adaptability, confidence, and thick skin. Oh, and did I mention hard work and a thick skin?

Aviation widely relies on the transfer of institutional knowledge. The flight instructor teaching you to fly didnít acquire all his/her skills alone. Someone taught them the basics, who in turn was taught by another individual, and so on. Lessons from past experience (a.k.a. mistakes) enlighten future generations.

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