Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Improved Training Planned in Future

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Improved Training Planned in Future

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In 1992, graduates of the Federal Aviation Administration Academy in Oklahoma City will feel right at home when they reach their first assignments, eliminating most on-the-job training formerly required of newly hired controllers.

This will be accomplished by the unique training program under development at the FAA's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center which will use a control tower cab simulator to train controllers in many environments. The simulator, which will be housed in the Gen. Thomas P. Stafford Building, will be able to duplicate working environments of about 50 major airports in the United States.

Not only will these environments be simulated, but because of the extensive computerized radar and communications network, controllers will use tape recordings of actual flights only one or two days old.

But, all this will not be available until 1992 when the newest equipment is installed and ready for use in the Stafford Building being planned near the north entrance of the aeronautical center on S. MacArthur Blvd.

Ground-breaking ceremonies, expected to attract high level federal and state government officials, are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday. Guest speaker will be Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner.

Others expected to attend are Stafford, the Weatherford astronaut for whom the building is named, and Adm. James B. Busey IV, FAA administrator.

All members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation and several astronauts also have been invited. It's not known how many will attend.

The building will be constructed in two phases to coincide with delivery of equipment, according to project manager David Gann.

"Phase I, which will contain about 15 percent of the total footage, should be under construction around November," he said. "We are now in the construction documentation stage, that is developing the plans and bid specifications.

"We should have schematic designs on Phase II under way in September or October. …

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