Controls air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorizes, regulates, and controls commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.
This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation pathway.
A person in this career:
- Informs pilots about nearby planes or potentially hazardous conditions, such as weather, speed and direction of wind, or visibility problems.
- Issues landing and take-off authorizations or instructions.
- Provides flight path changes or directions to emergency landing fields for pilots traveling in bad weather or in emergency situations.
- Transfers control of departing flights to traffic control centers and accepts control of arriving flights.
- Alerts airport emergency services in cases of emergency or when aircraft are experiencing difficulties.
- Monitors or directs the movement of aircraft within an assigned air space or on the ground at airports to minimize delays and maximize safety.
- Directs pilots to runways when space is available or directs them to maintain a traffic pattern until there is space for them to land.
- Monitors aircraft within a specific airspace, using radar, computer equipment, or visual references.
- Directs ground traffic, including taxiing aircraft, maintenance or baggage vehicles, or airport workers.
- Contacts pilots by radio to provide meteorological, navigational, or other information.
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