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Air Traffic Controller

Job Summary

Responsible for directing planes and helicopters in the air to ensure their safety. Keeps planes a safe distance apart, advises on landing, alerts planes to potential problems.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the movement of air traffic to ensure that planes stay safe distances apart.
  • Coordinate the arrival and departure of airplanes.
  • Issue landing and takeoff instructions to pilots.
  • Monitor and direct the movement of aircraft, using radar equipment.
  • Authorize flight path changes.
  • Provide weather updates to pilots.
  • Alert airport response staff in the event of an aircraft emergency.
  • Direct planes efficiently to minimize delays.
  • Manage the flow of airplanes in and out of the airport, guide pilots during takeoff and landing, and monitor airplanes as they travel through the skies.
  • Manage multiple airplanes.
  • Check flight plans, give pilots clearance for takeoff or landing, and direct the movement of planes on the runways and other parts of the airport.
  • Sequence the arrival and departure of airplanes, guide pilots during takeoff and landing, and use radar equipment to monitor flight paths.
  • Provide pilots with information on weather conditions.
  • Monitor airplanes once they leave an airport’s airspace.
  • Look for traffic patterns that could create bottlenecks in the system.
  • Keep traffic levels manageable for the airport and for en route controllers.
  • Move all aircraft safely and efficiently through their assigned sector of airspace.
  • Communicate with the pilots of aircraft using a push-to-talk radiotelephony system.
  • Control aircraft within the immediate vicinity of the airport and use visual observation from the airport tower.