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  •  Amen. Thank You for this diary. (3+ / 0-)

    I remember this. I also remember a article Smithsonian magazine ran on air traffic controllers. What a ridicusouly stressful job. I think you nailed it right here....

    Well, on-the-job training in the FAA means that a controller signs onto a position (literally, you had to sign the position log) accepting full and total responsibility for what happens to planes full of people under the control of that position. Then a supervisor would order the controller to conduct on-the-job training at that position with a trainee with live traffic. So the trainee would plug in his headset next to the controller. The controller had the master switch, he could cut the trainee off at any time. The idea was to let the trainee do his thing. The controller was supposed to monitor but not interfere with the trainee unless disaster was imminent. The idea being that the trainee would dig himself a hole and then have to climb back out. Sometimes the hole got too deep, but they could always learn something while panicking and trying to claw their way out, right? At least that was the theory.

    Tis quite alarming. We'e talking folks at 30K feet here. w00t!

    Wolverines and Badgers and Buckeyes - Oh My! Be Afraid Kochroaches. Be very afraid.

    by mrsgoo on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 10:44:48 PM PDT

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