Air Traffic Control Career Prep: A Comprehensive Guide to One of the Best-Paying Federal Government Careers, Including Test Preparation for the Initial ATC Exams
This valuable guide—essential for anyone interested in or already pursuing a lucrative career as an air traffic controller—thoroughly explains the air traffic control field and what training and qualification requirements are needed. Part career guide, this handbook provides a brief introduction to the aviation industry and discusses the role of the FAA while also explaining what an air traffic controller can expect in terms of working conditions, available positions, benefits, and salary. A comprehensive test preparation section filled with questions, answers, practice tests, explanations, and test-taking tips and strategies helps applicants prepare for the current air traffic controller FAA entrance exam (AT-SAT). A helpful list of employment contacts and a CD-ROM are also included.
4 stars because I passed (and it wouldn't let me do 3 1/2)
By D. Strand "Big Country" - February 4, 2008
***NOTE: I wrote this in one sitting so if I ramble, that's just who I am so don't hate me for it...lol***
So...as the 25 year old son of an Air Traffic Controller, I applied in July 2007 via the open applications (as a non-CTI applicant) on the FAA's website (which I was notified of by my father). It took until December to find out that I was selected to take the AT-SAT test...my test date was Jan. 24th. I freaked and this was the only book that I could locate that seemed to have the updated tests and everything. Bought the book via Amazon and started reading.
I found the first part interesting (regarding the history of the FAA, a lot of general info) but not important as to taking the AT-SAT test. I found the "journal/diary" of a trainee that had gone to the class in Oklahoma City to be extremely interesting and informative...I will definately re-read that if I get selected for the class. The test prep for the AT-SAT is the part I was most interested... read more
Recommended, but only because its all there is
By Melkor "jester01" - May 22, 2007
I'm currently preparing for the AT-SAT as a non-CTI applicant and purchased this book to aid in my preparation for the exam. While this book provides the only, and therefore best, resources for preparing for this exam, so much could have been done better, particularly when it comes down to the software.
This book serves well as a informational resource. It will answer many questions for those early on in the application process, especially for those that did not complete a CTI program. Of particular interest to anyone that picks up the book would be the daily account of a former trainee as he went through his paces at the FAA Training Academy in Oklahoma City. Also provided is an account of the facility training process at a station in the Atlanta, GA area. While this provides some useful information on what facility training can be like, it wont be applicable to all who get up to facility training as each facility trains their new controllers differently.
As many have noted, the CD-ROM does have some software problems. However, this review is meant for the buyer who is interested in the AT-SAT and Air Traffic Control with minimal ATC knowledge or training. For this said person, this is the book for you. Contrary to the previous reviews, I would highly recommend this guide to a person who needs to acquaint themselves to this material. While studying for the AT-SAT, I purchased other study books to prepare myself for the test. This book, was the eye-opener and is training me well for the test. The book includes a thorough glossary, appendix, and explanation to the ATC career field. Regardless of the CD-ROM's minute quirks, this study guide will equip you with the tools you need for this test! You just need a little tolerance to the stupidity of small software problems. (Which, to be realistic--occurs far less frequently than other regular computer software programs frequently used by the public.)