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Air Traffic Control Career Prep: A Comprehensive Guide to One of the Best-Paying Federal Government Careers, Including Test Preparation for Exams PAP/CDR Edition

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Patrick Mattson is a former Air Force air traffic controller, training instructor at the FAA, and professor of aviation-related subjects who has also conducted research on air traffic control training methods and co-published several articles on air traffic control technology. He is a member of the Air Traffic Control Association and the University Aviation Association. He lives in Sauk River, Minnesota.
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Product Details

  • Series: Air Traffic Control Career Prep
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Aviation Supplies and Academics, Inc.; PAP/CDR edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560276142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560276142
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Strand on February 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
***NOTE: I wrote this in one sitting so if I ramble, that's just who I am so don't hate me for it...lol***

So...as the 25 year old son of an Air Traffic Controller, I applied in July 2007 via the open applications (as a non-CTI applicant) on the FAA's website (which I was notified of by my father). It took until December to find out that I was selected to take the AT-SAT test...my test date was Jan. 24th. I freaked and this was the only book that I could locate that seemed to have the updated tests and everything. Bought the book via Amazon and started reading.

I found the first part interesting (regarding the history of the FAA, a lot of general info) but not important as to taking the AT-SAT test. I found the "journal/diary" of a trainee that had gone to the class in Oklahoma City to be extremely interesting and informative...I will definately re-read that if I get selected for the class. The test prep for the AT-SAT is the part I was most interested in. I was never one to study for a test but I like knowing what to expect. This book did that wonderfully in explaining the format and sections of the test. I was not so much concerned with the Angles, Dials, Analogies, or Applied Math portions of the test...it showed what the problems would be like but those problems really rely on abilities you should already have (reading angles, reading dials, figuring out analogies, and doing math in your head). I was most concerned with the sections of the test that were computer programs and I wanted to know what to expect. When using the software that comes with the book, keep these things in mind....

ANGLES, DIALS, & APPLIED MATH - FAA software is much easier to use (point and click with the mouse).
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I'm currently preparing for the AT-SAT as a non-CTI applicant and purchased this book to aid in my preparation for the exam. While this book provides the only, and therefore best, resources for preparing for this exam, so much could have been done better, particularly when it comes down to the software.

This book serves well as a informational resource. It will answer many questions for those early on in the application process, especially for those that did not complete a CTI program. Of particular interest to anyone that picks up the book would be the daily account of a former trainee as he went through his paces at the FAA Training Academy in Oklahoma City. Also provided is an account of the facility training process at a station in the Atlanta, GA area. While this provides some useful information on what facility training can be like, it wont be applicable to all who get up to facility training as each facility trains their new controllers differently.

The exam information provided in the book is decent at best. The in-book practice examples for the angles, dials, and math problems are very useful, but keep an eye out as there are a few typos, including an incorrect answer on one of the last dial problems in the book (says the VSI is set for climb when clearly its set for descend). As for the rest of the sections on the exam, only a brief explanation of the test is provided. In most cases, you wont see how long you have for each test or how many questions are on each test (the help guide on the cd has some, but not all that information.

As for the software, you'll find on the multiple choice questions that while the questions on the exam will probably be harder, the parameters on each test on the software is actually harder.
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As many have noted, the CD-ROM does have some software problems. However, this review is meant for the buyer who is interested in the AT-SAT and Air Traffic Control with minimal ATC knowledge or training. For this said person, this is the book for you. Contrary to the previous reviews, I would highly recommend this guide to a person who needs to acquaint themselves to this material.
While studying for the AT-SAT, I purchased other study books to prepare myself for the test. This book, was the eye-opener and is training me well for the test.
The book includes a thorough glossary, appendix, and explanation to the ATC career field.
Regardless of the CD-ROM's minute quirks, this study guide will equip you with the tools you need for this test! You just need a little tolerance to the stupidity of small software problems. (Which, to be realistic--occurs far less frequently than other regular computer software programs frequently used by the public.)
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Book is a must buy if you intend on doing well on the AT-SAT. Granted I'm sure you could pass without it but why bother risking your career over the price of this book. Check it out. Buy this book, study it, and get yourself a decent career as an Air Traffic Controller. There are few mistakes in the book and the CD isn't the best but it does help. Try everything on the CD. Get used to using the number pad on the right of your keyboard it will help during the Scan Test. The Letter Factory doesn't work well at all but try it out so you know what to expect when you walk into the test. Here are a few other sites to help you out with the book and other stuff the test entails.

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Link #6 is a product update to the software that comes with the CD.

70-85 on the AT-SAT is "qualified'
Over 85 is "well-qualified"
I studied this book and those links and got a 92.5. It would've been a higher score I believe but I got flustered and crashed several planes on the ATC Scenarios. I believe this book helped me out and I feel it can do the same for you.

Good Luck Everyone!

Steven
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