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  •  Again, confessing I've been gone 15 years… (0+ / 0-)

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    The controlling legislation during most of my career was Public Law 92-297. That was when we first got an early retirement (under the Civil Service Retirement System—CSRS). In simple terms, controllers (and some other government employees—principally LEO, I believe) were permitted to retire at age 50 if one had 20 years service, or at any age with 25 years. I could have retired at age 47.

    With that law (I think—it might have been later legislation), they changed the maximum years for a controller to 25 or 30. While I (having hired on prior to PL 92-297) could have worked as a controller as long as I wanted, all those hired after it (1973, I believe) had to retire from active ATC at 25 (or 30) years.

    And I think it was 25 because there was a great exflux of controllers in 2006 who had been hired in 1981. The fact that there was on onerous set of Imposed Work Rules put in place that year guaranteed a rush out the door, and the system is still hurting, as there were still a lot of people hired in '82 and '83 who became eligible soon after.

    The election of 2008 got rid of the IWR and I haven't heard much about conditions since, except for the ERAM pains. Deja vu, in many respects.

    I didn't know very many controllers in other facilities, and none that I recall in ZSE. Even many of the ones I knew in ZJX were gone by 1981, and by the time I retired, I doubt there were a half dozen left from my time. I recently started having lunch with a bunch of FAA retirees, one of whom was  at ZJX the whole time I was there, but he was AF, so I never knew him then

    •  New stuff for the ARTCC... (1+ / 0-)
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      TMA - Traffic Management Adviser.  A new set of servers/workstations that start tracking the aircraft from up to two zones away to get them into the "pattern" for landing where they spend the least amount of time in holding patterns.

      ERIDS - Remember that bookcase at the end of every row?  Ever manual you had to look at, every map you had to go find, etc.  Are all now online with a touch screen system at the scopes.

      ERAMs - Replace the S390's they have with two long racks of equipment (about 1500)  to do the same thing they did.

      "Death is the winner in any war." - Nightwish/Imaginareum/Song of myself.

      by doingbusinessas on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 09:29:49 AM PST

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