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Air Traffic Control (ATC)
Transcript of Air Traffic Control (ATC)
Air traffic controllers work in control towers, approach control facilities, or en-route centers. Many tower and approach/departure controllers work near large airports. En route controllers work in secure office buildings located across the country, which typically are not located at airports.Approach controllers often work in semi dark rooms.
To become an air traffic controller,
a person must be a U.S. citizen
pass medical and background checks, achieve a qualifying score on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pre-employment test
complete a training course at the FAA Academy.
The FAA sets guidelines for schools to offer specific programs called the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative, or the AT-CTI program. AT-CTI schools offer 2- or 4-year degrees that are designed to prepare students for a career in air traffic control.
The curriculum is not standardized, but courses focus on subjects that are fundamental to aviation.
Topics include aviation weather, airspace, clearances, reading maps, federal regulations, and other related topics.
Candidates who have a recommendation letter from their AT-CTI school are eligible to take the AT-SAT.
Students typically take the exam before graduation but must have met their school’s specific requirements to get their recommendation.
What classes in high school are needed?
Aviation is one of the needed classes for going into the air traffic control career.Aviation is Air traffic controllers that do the following:
Issue landing and takeoff instructions to pilots.
Monitor and direct the movement of aircraft on the ground and in the air, using radar, computers, or visual references.
Control all ground traffic at airports, including baggage vehicles and airport workers.
Manage communications by transferring control of departing flights to traffic control centers and accepting control of arriving flights Provide information to pilots, such as weather updates, runway closures, and other critical information.
Alert airport response staff, in the event of an aircraft emergency .
Tasks and activities
Air traffic controllers typically do the following
Issue landing and takeoff instructions to pilots
Monitor and direct the movement of aircraft on the ground and in the air, using radar, computers, or visual references
Control all ground traffic at airports, including baggage vehicles and airport workers
Manage communications by transferring control of departing flights to traffic control centers and accepting control of arriving flights
Provide information to pilots, such as weather updates, runway closures, and other critical information
Alert airport response staff, in the event of an aircraft emergency
What is air traffic control?
Air traffic control is a service provided by ground based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and through controlled airspace.The primary purpose of ATC is to prevent collisions , and to provide information such as support for the pilots.
Air Traffic Control (ATC)
skills, and abilities
All air traffic controllers must hold an Air Traffic Control Tower Operator Certificate or be appropriately qualified and supervised as stated in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations part 65. They must be at least 18 years old, fluent in English, and comply with all knowledge and skill requirements
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not, and does not expect to reduce the overall number of controllers, although total air traffic has fallen since 2000. Even though air traffic is expected to increase, employment growth will not keep pace, because the FAA already has enough personnel capacity. In addition, federal budget constraints should limit the hiring of new controllers. In the long term, the NextGen satellite-based system is expected to allow individual controllers to handle more air traffic.
The median annual wage for air traffic controllers was $122,530 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $64,930, and the top 10 percent earned more than $171,340.
Most air traffic controllers work full time, and some work additional hours. Controllers may rotate shifts between day, evening, and night, because major control centers operate continuously. Controllers also work weekend and holiday shifts. Less busy airports may have towers that only operate part time. Controllers at these airports have more normal work schedules.
opportunities will be best for individuals with prior experience or those who are in their early 20s and have completed an AT-CTI study program. Competition for air traffic controller jobs is expected to be very strong, as many people will apply to a relatively few number of jobs. Those who are willing to live anywhere in the country will have an advantage.