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This course is a hands-on, ten-week, classroom-based immersion into highly realistic Air Traffic Control (ATC). Students will own a copy of the Windows-based ATCpro software used to complete realistic scenarios exercising voice commands to simulated aircraft. The simulated scope resembles the Raytheon STARS® equipment used at FAA facilities. Experienced ATC veterans and pilots provide an exciting program.

Topics Include:
  • Description of the role of ATC and various jobs
  • Standard radio procedures used by TRACON controllers
  • Aircraft arrivals and departures
  • FAA charts and airways
  • Paths to FAA education and employment
  • Recommended study in aviation science
  • Introduction to publically available aviation resources
ATC-Website-picture-(2).jpgSeattle Approach: Delta twenty-four-zero-one turn right heading zero seven zero descend and maintain four thousand

DAL 2401: right to one seven zero down to four thousand Delta twenty-four-zero-one

Seattle Approach: Delta twenty-four-zero-one turn right heading one three zero until established on the localizer for runway one six right; cleared visual approach for runway one six right

Practical Experience:
  • Realistic aircraft separation procedures and demonstration of situational awareness required by TRACON controllers
  • Realistic hand off procedures to TRACON sectors
  • Realistic simulation of the actual Raytheon STARS console equipment used in ATC
  • Introduction to JO 7110.65 FAA policy document
  • Affinity for the challenges experienced by real controllers
  • Introduction to publically available aviation resources
Target Audience:

Students and professionals interested in a careers as Air Traffic Control Specialists, Airway Transportation Systems Specialists, Aviation Safety Inspectors, and/or in the FAA

Background about the FAA

The most expeditious route to FAA employment is directly into the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, which is highly competitive. The top positions pay more than $150K annually and don't require a degree. The Academy trains for a variety of jobs, not just ATC. The FAA alternatively supports routes to the Academy through their “Collegiate Training Initiative”, known as CTI. CTI offers two-year and four-year aviation science training curricula through public and private colleges that have signed up for the program (currently less than 30 institutions). Our course is a hands-on Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulation training for students interested in preparing for the FAA Academy.


The course uses ATCpro software from Flag Mountain Software. The cost of this software is included in the course fee. Students need a computer at home running Windows, with upgraded CPU, RAM, disk and graphics cards with internet access.

Required Textbooks:

All documentation is publically available online at no cost to the student.

  • No formal college courses are required
  • Interested students must have a fascination or passion for aviation science and a motivation to accept a challenge
  • Students must have clear speech capability that can be interpreted by voice recognition software
  • Students must have visual and color acuity
  • Students with aspirations of FAA employment are made aware of limitations on qualified applicants as part of the course offering, including age, physical requirements and the ability to pass a background check
FAA Employment Requirements:

Next Step:

While there is no guaranteed pathway of acceptance into the FAA Academy, this course should be included as relevant training on your application. FAA recognition of this course is currently pending.
Application to FAA Academy


Course Number: MAE-40035
Credit: 4.00 unit(s)