air traffic control

noun
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

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

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1919

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