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FAA says it must hire, train air traffic controllers before retirement wave

The Federal Aviation Administration must hire new employees far in advance of an impending retirement wave, agency officials and other witnesses testified Tuesday. In the next seven years, the FAA faces a major personnel crisis as those hired in the wake of former President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 purge of 12,000 air traffic controllers near retirement. The FAA estimates that nearly half of the controller workforce could retire before fiscal year 2012. Legislators on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation believe the estimate to be extremely conservative because it is based on the retirement of 24 percent of workers in their first year of eligibility. Full Story

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