Hey, It’s Official: I’m a (Privileged) Air Traffic Controller!

I’ve been employed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for over 19 years.

It takes several years of training to become an air traffic controller. The training includes classroom, simulation and on the job training.

When I finished all my training back in 1991 they gave me a pink cardstock card (FAA Form 7220-1; every FAA form has a number and the FAA has LOTS of forms!) with my facility rating. Tower controllers called these pink cards “cab cards”.

To center controllers like me, the cards really didn’t mean much, and we didn’t use them for anything. Like a lot of my co-workers, I carried mine around along with my identification badge for years. Since it was only made out …

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