Air traffic controllers inexperienced in Orlando

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Orlando International Airport may be one of
the busiest in the country, but federal officials say too many of
it's air traffic controllers have too little experience.

U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin
Scovel cited Orlando as having the nation's highest percentage of
controllers in training to become certified. Forty-seven percent
lack certification -- about double the percentage of uncertified
controllers nationwide.

Orlando has the 11th largest passenger volume in the U.S. Payroll records from an employees union show about half of the 32 controllers there have five years or less experience.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say safety is paramount, adding that the controllers are watched by experienced supervisors.

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