New bill tackles FAA controller shortage

A US lawmaker has introduced legislation that would take steps to improve how the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hires and staffs air traffic controllers. according to a government news service.

The Air Traffic Controller Hiring Improvement Act would address a shortage of certified professional controllers within the National Airspace System (NAS) that has reached a 27-year low.

Under the bill, Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) graduates and veterans would be considered in a separate applicant pool for ATC positions than the general public. That provision would enable the FAA to hire CTI graduates and veterans without subjecting them to biographical assessment requirements.


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