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FAA sanctions air traffic controller program at ASU by quotes

FAA sanctions air traffic controller program at ASU

MESA, Ariz. – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave Arizona State University’s thumbs up on Oct. 16 to receive the Air Traffic Controller Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) designation for its new air traffic controller degree program. The designation as a CTI program is highly coveted and only select institutions are awarded such status.

The FAA works with schools and universities all over the country as part of the CTI, which designates an institution as an FAA partner. Such a designation gives preferential hiring to students who successfully complete the degree program.

ASU’s program is unique in that it was designed by current and former air traffic controllers and faculty members. Students graduating from the program will have a combination of academics, theory and practical application, said Michael Pearson, clinical associate professor in the Department of Aeronautical Management Technology and an air traffic controller at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

“The program has been specifically designed to greatly reduce the time required for ASU students to enter the workforce and obtain full performance level (FPL) status,” said Pearson. “The first graduating class of CTI students is expected  by spring 2009.”

The FAA estimates that over the next 10 years, more than 17,000 air traffic controllers (ATC) will be needed to replace retiring ATCs.

Mandatory retirement is part of the profession. And many of the ATCs hired by the Federal Aviation Administration in the early 1980s are coming up on retirement.

To help meet the expected demand, the Arizona Board of Regents approved the Air Traffic Management bachelor’s degree in June 2006. As a new program, the  aeronautical department in the College of Technology and Innovation continues to develop relationships with the aeronautical industry as well as professionals in the ATC field.

“The CTI program is evolving, and it is likely in the near future that it may be possible for graduates of these programs to move faster through the FAA training than they have in the past,” said Richard Charles, chair and professor of the Department of Aeronautical Management Technology. “Graduates would still be considered trainees but they will be able to go to actual employment sites quicker.”

The program is tailored for traditional age students and those wanting a career change. Applicants for ATC jobs must be hired prior to reaching their 31st birthday due to federal law.

Students like Matt Bell, a junior in the program, started out as a professional flight student and is almost finished with his pilot ratings, but decided to switch his major. As part of the program, he is gaining first-hand experience through a three-semester internship in the air traffic control tower at Sky Harbor International Airport. It’s the only program in the country that offers an extensive internship as part of the curriculum, he said.

“Seven students are currently working in the tower or in the radar area,” said Bell. “As a tower intern, I’m learning the operation at Sky Harbor to become a controller, as well as doing other support functions like creating training materials and working with the simulators. At any other institution, I would not have this opportunity.”

If this internship program is successful, the FAA may use it as a model and implement it at other CTI designated colleges and universities.

“The CTI designation is a tremendous opportunity for our program, and the ancillary opportunities beyond the training of air traffic controllers are only limited by our own performance,” said Pearson.

For information about the program at ASU, visit or call (480) 727-1021.

ASU’s Polytechnic campus, located in southeast Mesa, offers bachelor and graduate degree programs, unparalleled by other Arizona state universities, through the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness, the School of Applied Arts and Sciences, the College of Technology and Innovation, and the School of Educational Innovation and Teacher Preparation. Visit us online at



The stage is set for Captain Lee Owens of Phoenix to make history
during a tribute flight to the famed Tuskegee Airmen in the spring of
2007.  Capt. Owens will fly a single engine plane from the Lincoln J.
Ragsdale Terminal at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport across
America, over the Atlantic and around the globe before returning home
to Phoenix sometime in May.

Public Invited to Review and Discuss Proposed Alternatives for Phoenix Goodyear Airport by quotes

 Public Invited to Review and Discuss Proposed Alternatives for Phoenix Goodyear Airport

Phoenix, AZ — The City of Phoenix Aviation Department is inviting the public to an informational workshop on the master planning process for Phoenix Goodyear Airport. The workshop will be held Wednesday August 16, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Goodyear, 2000 N. Litchfield Road. This is the third such workshop hosted by the City of Phoenix Aviation Department.

The Airport Master plan currently being prepared for Phoenix Goodyear Airport will ultimately provide recommendations regarding the future development of the airport. Phoenix Goodyear Airport is owned and operated by the City of Phoenix.

During the August 16 workshop, proposed alternatives will be reviewed and discussed. Members of the project team will be available for one-on-one discussions. There will also be opportunities for the public to provide written or verbal comments. Members of the public are invited to drop in any time between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

For more information of the City of Phoenix Aviation Department master planning processes for both Phoenix Goodyear and Phoenix Deer Valley visit

Falcon Field Airport development expanding by quotes

Falcon Field Airport development expanding

The City of Mesa and Grubb & Ellis are excited to report the signing of a second long-term lease for hangar development at Falcon Field Airport.  Reilly Aviation, LLC is leasing 5.25 acres in the northwest quadrant of Falcon Field Airport.  The lease will generate more than $73,000 of annual revenue for the airport.

Plans for the development include 30 t-hangars and 17 box hangars, approximately 70,000 to 80,000 square feet of hangars for individual or corporate aviation use.  Joe Reilly, principal of Reilly Aviation LLC, states, “We welcome requests for hangar sizes and amenitites for our project.  We want to build the development to meet the demands of the aviation community at Falcon Field.”

Falcon Field Airport Director, Corrine Nystrom emphasizes, “This project’s positive economic impact on Falcon Field Airport further demonstrates the aviation and development synergy of the area by adding to the already 1.5 million square feet of 2006 projects under construction within a 1-mile radius of the Airport in the Falcon Field District.”

Falcon Field Airport is located between McKellips and McDowell Roads and Greenfield and Highley Roads with convenient access to the Red Mountain 202 Freeway less than 1-mile away.  Falcon Field Airport ranks 3rd in terms of economic impact among Arizona airports, behind Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Tucson International Airport and ranks among the “top 10” in the nation for general aviation airports in terms of based aircraft and number of flight operations.

“We are very excited to finalize this deal with Reilly Aviation, LLC.  By signing this lease, the City of Mesa along with Grubb & Ellis has taken another step forward in solidifying Falcon Field’s place as one of the top general aviation airports in the country,” comments Garret Schoenberger, Grubb & Ellis Sales Associate.  For land leasing opportunities at Falcon Field Airport, contact Schoenberger at 602.224.4465 or  For more information about Reilly Aviation, contact Joe Reilly at 520.982.0982.