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Working As An Aircraft Controller

  • $243,738

    Average Salary

Example Of What An Aircraft Controller does

  • Set maintenance priorities, dispatched specialists.
  • Overhauled engine inlet maintenance procedures identifying problem areas within the task preventing foreign object debris intrusion preventing future engine damage.
  • Interpreted computer-generated displays and alarms, providing theater commanders an Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center (ABCCC).
  • Coordinated changes to the flying schedule with applicable agencies tracked all assigned/transient aircraft status.
  • Inspected, troubleshot, replaced, and repaired hydraulic systems using wiring schematics and technical orders.
  • Cross-check engineer drawings, parts catalogs, service manuals to assure applicability of part for aircraft model and configuration.
  • Take initiative for self-development and additional training.
  • Train and mentor less experienced AOG Controllers.
  • Spearheaded E-8C engine study leading to $800M in congressional funds for re-engineering to enhance combat capabilities.
  • Test & Evaluation Engineering, Boeing Aircraft Co. - Wichita, Ks 2008-2013
  • Monitored/documented status of aircraft valued at over $1.4B through all phases of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.
  • Utilize hand-held transceivers to communicate Federal Aviation Administration/International Civil Aviation Organization phonetic alphabet terminology to staff.
  • Performed other duties to include: answering phones, transferring calls, data entry, filing, and other office tasks.
  • Trained and certified 37 member team on use of all tools and test equipment used to accomplish complex inspection process.
  • Monitor maintenance production and set flying and maintenance schedules.
  • Assisted in generating 202 combat MSN's with 562 flight hours in support of operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Ensured lubrication, test, adjustments, repair, and servicing were accomplished on aircraft valued at $2.1B.
  • Managed U-2 debrief, flight status and mission effectiveness using IMDS and AFTO 781 forms.
  • Utilized network tools to monitor 20 satellite terminals that are valued at $58.4M that support 11k RPA combat flights annually.

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Aircraft Controller Demographics

Gender

Male

73.5%

Female

26.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

4.1%
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Aircraft Controller Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

23.1%

University of Akron

7.7%

Air University

3.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.8%

National Aviation Academy of New England

3.8%

Delaware County Community College

3.8%

Aviation Institute of Maintenance - Orlando

3.8%

University of California - Davis

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

University of Memphis

3.8%

Eastern Washington University

3.8%

University of Phoenix

3.8%

Gavilan College

3.8%

A-Technical College

3.8%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

3.8%

Friends University

3.8%

University of Mary

3.8%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

3.8%

Kaplan University

3.8%

George Washington University

3.8%
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Majors

Aviation

18.4%

Electrical Engineering

10.5%

Mechanical Engineering

7.9%

Business

7.9%

Criminal Justice

7.9%

Psychology

5.3%

Automotive Technology

5.3%

Project Management

5.3%

Management

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Forestry

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Medical Assisting Services

2.6%

Computer Science

2.6%

Aerospace Engineering

2.6%

Public Relations

2.6%

Computer Networking

2.6%

Operations Management

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

26.2%

Masters

19.0%

Other

19.0%

Associate

19.0%

Certificate

16.7%
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