Air Traffic Controller

Air Traffic Controllers at a Glance

Air traffic controllers help aircraft move safely through in the air and on the ground by using radar and other electronic equipment to direct ground  movement, takeoffs, and direct landings. They keep pilots abreast of changes in weather and they keep aircraft a safe distance apart during flights. Airport tower controllers direct the flow of aircraft in and out of the airport only and flight service specialists help maintain safety by informing pilots of weather conditions, terrain issues, and the best routes in their immediate area. Air traffic controllers’ main responsibility is safety, but they also help with emergencies that may involve searching for missing aircraft and they also help to minimize delays.

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