What Is Radar Used for in Private Aviation?

Radar is used by air traffic controllers to see what aircraft are travelling within a certain airspace. Radar uses transmitted pulses to detect both the position and elevation of aircraft. It can be used to help calculate an aircraft’s speed, direction, and distance from any other objects, including other aircraft. It was originally developed during World War II, when it was used by the British military to detect German bombers. While it is still used by the military today, it also plays a large role in the aviation industry in helping to prevent collisions.

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