Thanks for telling me. Also why some people only spend 2 months there but some spend 5 months?No. There has been a loophole in the past where people applied to different sourced bids and got through. Ex: failed on an ots bid and re applied on a cti bid. Dont count on it.
True, but it still does give you a good opportunity to get to know your classmates and get used to how the Academy operates and whatnot. Showing up the first day across the street when everybody is already friends with everybody else probably would not be fun. Not to mention it can be a pretty big shock to some when they throw the big binder at you and try to instill the fear of God with how tough it’s going to be on day 1 of Initial Quals. We had 1 dude who went through Basics with everybody and still quit day 1 across the street because it freaked him out so much.I would have skipped now that they nerfed the per diem. We all went to get an extra month of per diem.
Do people who graduate from AT-CTI program, for example, Purdue University, have a higher chance of getting into the FAA academy
and become an official ATC?
Maybe possibly kinda. As you would know if you read the FAQs, there are two pools in a general bid: one for veterans and CTI combined, and then a second pool for normal off-the-street civilians. It used to be the two pools had to have a similar number of referees, and it used to be there were far more Pool 2 applicants than Pool 1. So if you went to a CTI school you were competing among fewer people to get referred.
As of this past year they changed the law and the pools no longer have to be equal. It remains to be seen if that'll be a benefit for CTI people (they might get favored now) or if it won't be (they'll now essentially be comparing scores among all groups instead of a smaller pool). It depends on how the FAA plays it.
Obviously the point of the CTI program was to educate people before they got to OKC and weed out the ones who couldn't hack it, so theoretically CTI grads should pass the Academy at higher rates than non-CTI. I don't think that's been the case, historically.
Basics in a nutshell:I've heard that the Academy teaches completely new materials, which puts CTI grads and every one else at the same starting point. Is this true?