U.S. Air Force: Air Traffic Control

Wax on, wax off. Wages 2-1, runway 2-1 right at echo, wind 240 at 3, cleared for takeoff.
I am Staff Sergeant Shaquita Tishler from Lake Toxaway, North
Carolina. I’m an Air Traffic Control Fundamentals Instructor. I’m Airman 1st
Class Richardson from Saint Petersburg, Florida and I’m a trainee in Air
Traffic Control school. You’re gonna be responsible for not only millions and
millions of dollars of equipment, but thousands and thousands of lives. On your
first day of class they teach you that your class is like your crew, which would
be at your first base, you would be on a crew. You work as a team. It’s one unit
and everyone needs to help each other get through it. Come in this room and
you’re evaluated by an instructor. They critique you the entire way, so you have
to be able to listen to, you know, what they’re saying to you and fixing
whatever you just did wrong, as well as hear the pilots and remember what they
said. You just really need to be able to multitask and it’s a lot of information
at once. Teaching them the different phraseology is like learning a new
language. It’s the language that we use to communicate with the pilots, with
other air traffic controllers. It’s a lot like English but it’s more compact, a
little bit more concise. You go home every night, you study for two hours, you
practice your phraseology, you say it out loud because just saying it over in your
head isn’t going to make you be able to spit it out right when it comes down to
it, when there’s pressure, when your teacher’s behind you. You just keep saying it over and over and over again until you are fluent. My
weight is 2-3 Canyon approach, Center maintain 5,000, turn left heading
0-3-0 vector, the ILS final approach for only 2 on right, wait 24010, item 39, rate. By the end of the course, you’re spitting
phraseology out in the seven seconds like they told you, you didn’t think
you’d ever be able to do it but, you know, you do. The best part is
seeing that light bulb come on and even better when you get the emails back
saying, I got my first rating. It’s a good feeling. Today I found out that I’m the
top grad for my class and I’ll be going to Germany. I’m elated, I guess, this is
one of the reasons that I joined the Air Force, was to travel. It’s gonna be a
challenge but, you know, look what I’ve accomplished so far, I’m ready for it.

6 Replies to “U.S. Air Force: Air Traffic Control”

  1. If I joined the USAF or USNAVY I would of loved to become a:
    (1) Cryptolinguist
    (2) Remote control
    pilot, and mechanic
    for the reapers
    or an
    (3) Air traffic controller

    I tried enlisting into the
    since I was
    17 years old…
    Nobody wanted me :/

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