02 January 2016

Just something to think about...

...before you climb aboard that big silver bird...

In fact, the FAA threw out the AT-SAT scores and CTI qualifications of an estimated 3000 CTI graduates and military veterans who were all previously designated “well qualified” to become air traffic controllers. The FAA told them all to start over. But this time, when they applied for a job, their college degrees and previous military experience would mean nothing.

They would now compete with thousands of people the agency calls “off the street hires”; anyone who wants to, can walk in off the street without any previous training and apply for an air traffic control job.
Let's face it... you're sitting in a large metal tube, thousands of feet above the ground traveling hundreds of miles per hour... your major concern is gonna be "affirmative action."

Meet the NBCFAE...
“I know each of you are eager very eager to apply for this job vacancy announcement and trust after tonight you will be able to do so. There is some valuable pieces of information that I have taken a screen shot of and I am going to send that to you via email. Trust and believe it will be something you will appreciate to the utmost. Keep in mind we are trying to maximize your opportunities. I am going to send it out to each of you and as you progress through the stages refer to those images so you will know which icons you should select. I am about 99 point 99 percent sure that it is exactly how you need to answer each question in order to get through the first phase.”

National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees National President Paquita Bradley also declined repeated requests from FOX Business to discuss the recording and accusations that NBCFAE members helped applicants cheat.
Remember, this policy comes straight from the top...
"Administrator Michael Huerta has made an historic commitment to transform the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) into a more diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects, understands, and relates to the diverse customers we serve."
Oh... my... gawd.

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UPDATE Dec 20, 2015: A drop of sanity...

...in an ocean of crazy... lawsuit filed seeking class action status...
Mountain States Legal Foundation’s President and Lead Attorney William Perry Pendley said, “In abandoning years of hiring the most qualified and adopting a test that is the epitome of psychobabble, the FAA told our clients their skills are less important than their race, and the public that its racial agenda is more important than aircraft safety.”
Until this is resolved, I'm keeping both feet firmly on the ground.

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RELATED: Affirmative Action's slippery slopelittle girly handsHmmmm... precedent set. So, can a British "sex trade" worker now claim damages for having to accommodate an oversize phallus? Just askin'.


9 comments:

Bill Elder said...

Sooooo, Homer Simpson was an affirmative action hire "off he streets" nothing happened there did it - so if it's good enough for a cartoon plot , it's good enough for the Obombo administration.

Neo Conservative said...

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checking off all of obama's racial quotas is not a good enough reason to throw out a merit-based hiring system and air traffic control is simply one of those areas where you don't wanna be filling seats with anything but the best qualified candidates.

you screw up at burger king... maybe somebody gets fries instead of onion rings. overpopulate the glide slope at LAX and hundreds of previously breathing human beings end up being pulverised and barbequed.

actions, my friends, have consequences.

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Anonymous said...

The NavCanada process is a written test followed by an interview and no university degree required.

Anonymous said...

old white guy says........when I was in business I was in the top 200 frequent fliers with the airline I used the most. I stopped flying when pat downs, removal of shoes, etc became part of the boarding routine. If flying is necessary I do not go. having poorly trained people in ATC would be a joke and get the government sued, if one of the off the street hires screws up and kills a few hundred people. that said, I see no reason why an intelligent person could not be properly trained to do the job.

Bill Elder said...

Re: The Glocks-are-too-big-for-our-pygmy-hands twins - I guess the natural rational and logical response would be that people in an armed security roll whose hands are too small to use the tools of the trade are, in fact, too small to be functional IN the security trade.

But hey, there's that 'ol devil logic again screwing up a proggy whine-fest and the resultant dyslexic judicial judgement - can't have that in care bear happy feelings land where public safety takes a back seat to the needs of society's lowest common denominator.

It's sad that the judiciary are now poisoned with dangerous irrationality - perhaps we can get them to a CATO institute outreach program before this debilitating irrationality collapses the justice system.

Neo Conservative said...

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"anon syas... The NavCanada process is a written test followed by an interview and no university degree required."

so, a test, a talk... you're in? sorry, not so.

a degree may not be necessary in canada, but they did not throw out a merit-based process to instead hire people based on the colour of their skin. there is also no black aviation employees association feeding their members answers to the new unscientific examination process.

"You need a high school diploma to apply to be an air traffic controller, but it’s a highly competitive field and most successful applicants have more education or life experience."

"Air traffic controllers undergo about two years of training before receiving their licence from Transport Canada. Training includes about a year of classroom and simulation work, with frequent testing along the way, then a final year working alongside a licensed air traffic controller."

canada, despite multiculturalism, did not turn the hiring process into a joke. the 3000 applicants in the usa who were told their air traffic specific training & degrees and military experience would not count would be the first people hired in canada.

as for the women whose hands were too small to hold firearms, are they also too short to work at an operating table, or too fragile to hold a fire hose? they could sue their way to being millionaires.

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Neo Conservative said...

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a more personal footnote on affirmative action.

mrs neo's cousin, a strapping 6 foot plus caucasian male with a 4 year university degree was told that despite being more than qualified, he would not be hired as the police department was targeting visible minorities and women to balance their equity rosters. i recently saw a 5 foot tall, 250 lb asian officer hiding behind a van in a don mills suburb, ticketing cars as they made illegal left hand turns. gawd knows he wasn't gonna be any good in a foot chase.

ps... wife's cuz is now a paramedic.

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ChuckT said...

Neo Conservative said...
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"anon syas... The NavCanada process is a written test followed by an interview and no university degree required."

so, a test, a talk... you're in? sorry, not so.

I was selected with just the written test and interviews in 1992. No diploma, no life experience. I applied, wrote the test, did a few hours in front of the interview panel and was shipped off to Cornwall for nine months of training followed by a further year in Gander.

The Fox story shows a horribly unfair selection process in the US, but this doesn't support the headline that flying is unsafe. The applicants, regardless of how they are selected, still have to complete their training.

Neo Conservative said...

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"chuckt says... The Fox story shows a horribly unfair selection process in the US"

actually, chuck.. it shows tossing out candidates with a specialised 4 year degree in air traffic control or actual air traffic controllers with military experience, in favour of "walk ins"... with a predisposition to hiring visible minority candidates. in effect, that's discarding a fairly meticulous selection process for a "let's see what happens" lottery.

additionally a workers association for visible minority candidates is apparently giving the answers to qualifying tests to its own members on the sly. that doesn't sound like the best or safest practise to me.

how would you feel about candidates being selected on the basis of their skin colour? surely that was not your experience?

wouldn't graduates of a vocation-specific college/university program, or folks with control tower experience have a real advantage over a guy with a couple years on the deep fryer at mcdonalds?

anyway, thanks for your input. are you still working atc? always good to know how things actually work.

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