...And Training Issues Arise

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George Ebbs Jr., president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), testified on Tuesday that the government's training program for new hires in Oklahoma City is redundant and unnecessary, and also asked that training rules be relaxed to allow candidates who already have a college degree to advance more quickly. If ERAU could send its graduates directly to on-the-job training, Ebbs said, "the FAA could realize significant savings in both time and expense. " Ebbs also said that an accelerated program for college graduates could enable ERAU to train an additional 600 controllers per year. Blakey said the FAA already is looking at ways to improve its training and shorten the time it takes to train our controller workforce. "This may require a greater investment in simulator training that will achieve both those goals," she said.