Navy Air Traffic Controller – AC

Navy Air Traffic Controller – AC

Air traffic controlling – it’s a lot of multitasking. Gotta be that extra set of eyes and ears for
the pilots. You come in, you know, you never know what
you’re gonna get. We organize and expect the flow of traffic. Making sure the planes don’t touch. I’m hoping to transition over to aircraft
carrier which is very fast-paced from what I’ve heard. In a ship, you have last minute turns obviously, surface contacts or whatever may be happening on the ship. The runway moves. That’s probably one of the more complex components. If the weather’s bad then sometimes it does
become a little more stressful. You have someone checking for emergencies, something could be seriously wrong with the aircraft. So imagine flying through lightning storms,
hail. And it’s your responsibility to help them
get to the ground safely. [AC] Hanger 440 stand by this frequency may port final. [AC] Navy 413 turn left heading 0-5-0. You’re there to help the pilots. You’re there to provide a service, make sure they’re ok and everything goes smooth. It’s a fast-paced job so stay focused, stay
in the books. The Navy provides excellent training for this job, so you get to learn radar, tower, you get to learn the whole thing. We work with anything that’s in the air, it doesn’t matter if it’s civil or military. You have airport towers that need manning everywhere, so this is one of the best jobs in the Navy that transitions into the civilian


  1. Currently attending AC school for the Navy and I will say it is a very hard school. You are covering up to 50 pages of material and you are expected to learn it in about 3 days and test on the 4th. It's crazy hard, but it can be done and it is very worth it. Some sections are easy, other are harder. Really it isn't too bad and it'll all be worth it in the end. This isn't a job for the weak and you will have to put in the hours and study hard. There is a reason that AC's are the Elite of the Fleet.

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