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wrench978

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ZSU San Juan CERAP
Alternate means if you don’t like any of the facilities on the list, you can always choose ZSU
 

BAS92

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Realistically how terrible is the winter? I had a friend from there and he said winter was like 9 months, then summer. No real spring or fall :oops:
This past one was the coldest in 30 years thanks to a polar vortex.. It was cold from November till around March, then April and May were rain all the time, since then it’s been decently nice. Kinda humid but around mid 80s. It had its sucky days in the winter, but they plow and salt the roads very well. Nothing a hefty coat and ice scraper can’t handle!
 

Renew3

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What does alternate mean? And did y'all only have 8 in the class? And did they mention anything about New York asking for 4 slots, like the training is caught up or anything?

Im not in that class. I’m already in NY and absolutely not, it has not caught up. Nor will it anytime soon.
 

bob smith

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Love it. FAA lowers class sizes to 8 but y’all gotta to NYC now. FAA giveth and the FAA taketh.
 

ChuckMastaT

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Just out of curiosity, if you decide to pick San Juan, are you basically stuck there or is it a temp position since its out of the mainland?
 

wrench978

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ZSU San Juan CERAP
Just out of curiosity, if you decide to pick San Juan, are you basically stuck there or is it a temp position since its out of the mainland?
If you went there I assume you would be subject to the same transfer requirements as everybody else in the FAA.
This. It is a permanent assignment just like any other facility.
 

wrench978

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ZSU San Juan CERAP
Thats what I figured. Based on your flair, I take it you work there? I know everyone has opinions about everywhere, but what do you think about working in San Juan?
I have been at ZSU for about year, so I can't really comment on working the traffic. Lots of non-radar and foreign facility coordination. The facility has been great though. I showed up at the same time as almost 20 other people, so training got backed up, but we go to D1 pay pretty quick (a couple months). the whole "every day is a training day" seems to be fairly well accepted, although there are controllers at every facility who want nothing to do with training.

Our ATM (Boston John Melecio) seems,at least from what I can see, to really be a "Controller's manager".

San Juan itself is... well, at the risk of offending any puerto ricans, its a dump. its all concrete and potholes. but drive 25-30 minutes away from the airport and the island is beautiful. Driving can get interesting. red lights and stop signs, lane markings, right of way laws, those are all just suggestions here. people here are incredibly nice people, until they get behind a steering wheel.

The language barrier isn't really a big deal here. I only speak a little spanish, and while I get a lot of "you live in PR now, you need to learn spanish!" most people know at least a little english, or there is someone nearby who does. government services seem to be the one exception.

Im happy to answer any other questions anyone might have.
 
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