Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Air Traffic Controllers needed, they think

Read this graf from today's NY Times article:

Of the 15,100 controllers who do the vital work of managing the skies from control towers and in vast, dim rooms with rows of radar scopes, about 7,100 will turn the mandatory retirement age of 56 by the 2012 fiscal year, and most will have the option of retiring years earlier. The F.A.A. says that means it will have to hire about 790 a year, a vast increase from current hiring levels.

Then, a couple of paragraphs down, learn that:
[s]o far, though, the agency does not even know how many controllers it will need at each tower and radar center.

Later we discover that:
[a]ccording to a June report by the federal Department of Transportation's inspector general, which audits F.A.A. operations, the hundreds of air traffic offices across the nation use different methods to calculate how many new workers they will need, leaving the F.A.A. with no clear picture of what is coming.

FDR had a solution to the FAA's problems:
These unhappy times call for the building of plans...that build from the bottom up and not from the top down....
Planning? What a novel idea!

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