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 Those controllable reasons usually include things like mechanical or staffing issues but not weather or air traffic control disruptions. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 2 July 2024 Delays caused by non-extreme weather are lumped into another category that also includes airport operations, heavy traffic volume and air traffic control. Hannah Sampson, Washington Post, 1 July 2024 Researchers are also tinkering with programs to create a sort of air traffic control system for drones. Gretchen West, Foreign Affairs, 1 May 2015 On Monday evening, the president had told journalists that air traffic control had advised the vice president’s plane against trying to land, and recommended turning back to the capital due to poor visibility. Nimi Princewill, CNN, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for air traffic control 

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of air traffic control was in 1919

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“Air traffic control.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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