How long is the academy?
It depends on what track you are and whether you take basics or not.
- Online Basics: 19 days
- Initial Tower: 37 days
- Initial En Route: 60 days
- RTF: 25 days
- TSEW: 21 days
- TETRA: 20 days
What is per diem?
Per diem is an extra, untaxed p
ay to account for government related travel. The 2023 rate $102.80/d
ay: $62.40 housing, $40.40 M&IE.
For new hires
: As of 1 June 2019, housing per diem will be paid directly to the housing provider. You do not have the option to keep it.
What is the pay at the academy?
Salary is $34,135 - $35,273
. Combined with M&IE per diem (annualized $14,746), the annualized salary at the academy is $48,881 - $50,019 (2023).
Academy pay comes from the General Schedule (GS) with Washington DC locality. FG-2152-01 is the FAA's pay grade for this position.
Where can I find the class schedule for the academy?
The FAA maintains a course catalog, here is each class' specific list:
Go to the course catalog page
- Basics - Terminal (50043)
- Basics - EnRoute (50143)
- Basics - TRACON (50043001)
- Initial Tower Cab (50046)
- Initial EnRoute (50148001)
- RTF (50034001)
- TSEW (50056001)
- TETRA (50070001)
and look for the course numbers listed above.
What is the work schedule?
Monday - Friday. Class times vary depending on shifts, which you will rotate on (weekly). Shifts are 7a - 3:30p, 3:30p - 11:30p. Occasionally there are mid-shifts, but this only happens when MMAC is running at capacity.
Do we get holidays off?
The academy is closed on federal holidays
Where can I find housing at the academy?
ee our list of providers
in the resources section. The FAA also has some housing FAQ
As of mid-2018, the FAA will no longer pay per diem for AirBnB rentals.
How are you graded?
You must complete each course at the academy with at least a 70% to pass. At the end of your track's class (enroute or terminal), facility selection takes place in order of highest-to-lowest score rank in class.
The grading is broken down by the following:
5 Block tests - 1% each.
End of course test - 5%.
Two Ground Control simulator evaluations - 15% each.
Two Local Control simulator evaluations - 30% each.
Map test - 2%
Aircraft characteristics - 4%
Knowledge test 1 - 4%
Knowledge test 2 - 5%
Checklist test - 5%
Two non-RADAR problems - 7% each
Three D-Side problems - 22% each
What is the pass rate?
To date, TRACON classes are for N90 only.
What about Basics?
Not everyone is required to attend basics. Prior experience hires and CTI graduates (hired under open bid pool 1) will not have to attend. However, you may have the option of voluntarily attending.
There are 5 block tests, and an end of course test where a 70% is required to pass. Please s
ee the Overview of Basics thread
for a summary of what to expect.
Basics is entirely online now. The FAA sends an iPad prior to class beginning and course materials will be accessible through that. The course is 18 days (plus one d
ay of onboarding), 9a - 5:30p Central, although this has been adjusted based on the time zones of the students in the past (as a class, not individually). After completion of the course, you get your MMAC class assignment.
What is the dress code?
Neat, clean and will reflect a professional learning environment. Examples include casual slacks (e.g. khakis, cords), dress slacks, dresses, skirts, blouses, dress shirts, casual shirts with collars or banded/turtle necks and/or sweaters. Jeans will be permitted as long as they are not torn, frayed, patched or have holes of any kind. Shoes shall be neat and clean.
How much time do I get to report to my facility?
Dependent on the distance from the academy to your duty station. Each facility wiki page
on the site lists the allotted travel days. You also get 64 hours of change-of-station leave, which you may take prior to reporting to the facility upon approval from your facility's manager.
Change of station may be used anytime within two years of being assigned to a n
How do I select my facility?
After passing evaluations, each class is given a list of Facilities
to choose from. The facilities are drawn from the priority placement lists
, and number of slots offered will be match the number of graduating students. The selection order is based on your class ranking (highest score first).
OCONUS locations are sometimes offered as alternatives to the selection list. They will only be available if they are in the top 250 slots on the placement list.
TERMINAL: Assignments are level 7 or below facilities. Infrequently, Level 8 facilities may be offered.
Academy Student ServicesN
ew students should visit the Academy Student Services page
for more information to frequently asked questions.
Can I push back my academy date for a wedding/birth of child/graduation/bar mitzvah/cat's birthday/friend's cousin's nephew's little league game/etc...?
No one can answer that. You can ask HR when they offer you a date. They may say yes, they may say no.
The standard flow of h
iring and training has been greatly impacted, and changes frequently. Currently, the process is to be onboarded virtually and complete basics class on-line. After that, you enter a queue to attend MMAC. There has normally been a requirement to attend zoom study sessions during this time. Eventually, a class date will be offered.
ay begins the d
ay of onboarding, regardless of how long the wait for the next portion of training to begin. It does not include per diem, only the base rate.