air traffic control

noun

Definition of air traffic control

: the process or system by which the movements of aircraft are monitored and directed by ground personnel communicating with pilots by radio improving the technology used for air traffic control also : the personnel who operate an air traffic control system Pilots would still have to file flight plans, which could be modified by air traffic control if they posed any safety hazards. — David R. Hinson

Examples of air traffic control in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cleaning methods are being instituted in Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control towers and facilities around the country, federal officials tell CNN. Greg Wallace And Pete Muntean, CNN, 11 June 2021 Jordan's comments come weeks after Southwest was forced to cancel more than 2,000 flights, blaming weather and air traffic control issues. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 2 Nov. 2021 Three weeks ago, Southwest Airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights over several days citing weather and air traffic control issues. Pete Muntean And Chris Isidore, CNN, 1 Nov. 2021 The flight cancellations were caused due to poor weather and air traffic control issues, not the inexistent strike. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2021 Southwest canceled more than 2,000 flights over a few days earlier this month, citing a series of events that was triggered by bad weather and air traffic control issues in Florida, but snowballed due to its thin staffing. Alison Sider, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 When Southwest Airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights over the weekend, citing bad weather and air traffic control issues, unsupported claims blaming vaccine mandates began taking off. David Koenig And Ali Swenson, chicagotribune.com, 14 Oct. 2021 While technology offers to plot a flight path that is less bumpy or more fuel-efficient, the decision-making is entirely left up to the pilot and air traffic control. Christopher Larkin, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 That became an issue when the airline in recent days canceled thousands of flights, citing bad weather and air traffic control issues. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of air traffic control

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Air traffic control.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/air%20traffic%20control. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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air traffic control

noun

English Language Learners Definition of air traffic control

: a system through which people on the ground give instructions by radio to aircraft pilots
: the people who give instructions to aircraft pilots by radio

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