air traffic controller


Definition of air traffic controller

: a person who is responsible for remotely monitoring and directing the movements of aircraft as part of a system of air traffic control

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The pilot was the only person aboard the Augusta A109E helicopter when it crash-landed, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a tweet, noting that FAA air traffic controllers were not handling the flight. Katie Reilly, Time, "Helicopter Crash on New York High-Rise Sparks Calls for Tougher Restrictions," 10 June 2019 According to the preliminary report, the flight was uneventful until air traffic controllers in Atlanta lost communication with Gonzalez Mejia. Laurel Weibezahn,, "Pilot was unconscious when jet headed to Fort Lauderdale crashed into ocean, investigators say," 13 June 2019 The possibility of a disastrous crash is likely with unauthorized drones hovering above a tarmac, with air traffic controllers and pilots unable to predict their movements or maybe even see the rogue aircraft. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Rogue Drone Sighting Shut Down All Fights at Dubai International," 15 Feb. 2019 Later, the president endorsed with great fanfare a plan to spin more than 30,000 air traffic controllers and NextGen workers into a private nonprofit corporation. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "As Trump puts personal pilot on shortlist to head FAA, agency faces biggest challenges in decades," 27 Feb. 2018 The airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, said on Twitter Sunday that severe weather caused a ground stop and forced air traffic controllers to leave their tower. CBS News, "Severe weather strikes Southeast, tornado touches down in North Carolina," 15 Apr. 2018 Moments later, an air traffic controller told him to pull up. Washington Post, "Agency: Pilots caused 3 San Francisco airport close-calls," 3 May 2018 Other challenges on a 54-day, 23-country trip can come up, like, well, sharing a small turboprop plane with your family for two months (hello!) and trying to understand all the different accents of air traffic controllers around the world. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flying With My Dad Around the World," 28 Aug. 2018 The air traffic controllers for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are trained to perform under pressure. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Sea-Tac air traffic controller faced ‘one in a million’ scenario with stolen plane," 12 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of air traffic controller

1922, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of air traffic controller

: a person whose job is to give instructions to aircraft pilots by radio

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