Report: California air traffic control facilities rely heavily on inexperienced trainees

There are currently 76 trainee controllers - 32 percent of the work force - at the Southern California TRACON, the report said. But the Federal Aviation Administration plans to hire another 34 trainees later this year to make up for expected retirements, raising the share of controllers at the facility who are trainees to more than 40 percent.

Nationally, about 27 percent of the controllers at radar facilities are trainees, the report said.

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