Air Traffic Controller

What Is an Air Traffic Controller?

Air traffic controllers (ATC) are the people responsible for the safe flow of aircraft in their assigned airspace. They monitor speed, position, and altitude of all aircraft, both visually and by radar, and give pilots directions via radio. Air traffic controllers are responsible for ensuring that all aircraft as a safe distance from each other and that they are moving efficiently on their assigned flight path as well as on the ground. It is a position that can be stressful and requires highly specialized skills and knowledge to execute properly.

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