POSITION-QUALIFICATION PHASE TRAINING
The position-qualification phase consists of hands-on training at
each control position, examinations on the FTM chapters that apply to
the different control procedures, and evaluations on each control
Trainees are evaluated on their performance.
performance is recorded on DA Form 3479-1-R (Trainee Controller
Evaluation)(Figures 1-2 and 1-3).
A Class IIA flight physical is
required before this training phase begins.
a. During this training phase, the trainee is expected to become
position qualified at each control position.
training should begin at the least complex control position and
advance to the most complex position.
To become position qualified
at a control position, the trainee must complete all FTM chapters
that apply to the position.
The trainee must also receive a
satisfactory evaluation on DA Form 3479-1-R and a recommendation from
the shift supervisor that he become position qualified.
recommendation should be made in the comments section of DA Form
Once the shift supervisor recommends the trainee for
position qualification, the facility chief or training supervisor
shall evaluate the trainee to determine if he is qualified.
addition to the evaluation, the trainee may be given a written or
b. When the trainee is position-qualified at all control
positions, he may be given a pre-Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) or air traffic control specialist (ATCS) facility rating
examination, a final FAA or ATCS facility rating examination, and an
These evaluations are also recorded on the DA Form 3479-1-R.
(1) The pre-FAA or ATCS examination should consist of 50 to
100 questions from the FTM, Airmens Information Manual, FAA Handbook
7110.65, letters of agreement, operations letters, approach charts,
DOD flight information publications, standard instrument departures,
maps, charts, and so forth.
Questions shall pertain to only those
topics that the trainee must know to operate as a controller at the
facility to which he is assigned. The exam presents the trainee with
an example of the types of questions that appear on the final FAA or
ATCS written examination and points out areas that he may need to
If the trainee fails this examination, he shall return to
classroom study and shall be rescheduled to take the examination
approximately one week later.