DOT IG: FAA data clouds ATC training failures

Aviation International News » August 2009
July 27, 2009, 11:07 AM

A report from the Department of Transportation inspector general found that the FAA’s reported rate of training failures among newly hired air traffic controllers is not accurate because the agency does not track failures among new controllers separately; the current rate will likely increase as the FAA hires more new controllers between Fiscal Years 2009 and 2017; the FAA does not have a uniform definition of training failures and other types of attrition; and training failure data were incomplete, inaccurate or understated. The agency’s training attrition rate for all controllers was about 7 percent in FY2007. The IG recommended the FAA focus on developing procedures to obtain accurate data on training failures to monitor and improve the training program.

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