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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Russell said on the flight radio to air traffic controllers. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Richard Russell was a jokester who complained about work, but Sea-Tac plane heist still baffles friends," 20 Aug. 2018 Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said preliminary information indicates the pilot reported a landing gear problem and low fuel to air traffic controllers shortly before the crash. CBS News, "2 dead, 1 critically injured as plane crashes in Detroit," 25 June 2018 Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says preliminary information indicates the pilot reported a landing gear problem and low fuel to air traffic controllers shortly before the crash. Houston Chronicle, "Plane in deadly Detroit crash registered to League City man," 25 June 2018 Within seven seconds, an air traffic controller confirmed the plane was cleared to land there. Jenna Lyons, San Francisco Chronicle, "Video shows near-catastrophe at SFO as passenger jet descended on crowded taxiway," 2 May 2018 The malfunction caused air traffic controllers to lose contact with the pilot, CNN reports — so when the plane mistakenly transmitted a code signifying a security threat onboard, authorities leapt into action. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "'People Were Ready to Die.' Authorities Swarm JetBlue Plane After False Hijacking Alarm at JFK Airport," 27 June 2018 A few minutes later, the air traffic controller reached out to American Airlines 1095, which was flying slightly behind the small jet. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "A balloon, plane or something else spotted over the Arizona sky?," 28 Mar. 2018 Miscommunication between air traffic controllers and pilots is a safety threat globally. Anurag Kotoky,, "Honeywell to Make Flying Safer by Decoding 100 Accents in India," 5 June 2018 The successful landing of Southwest 1380 required the skill of the pilots, flight attendants, air traffic controllers and emergency responders. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: A pilot’s checklist during the Southwest emergency," 19 Apr. 2018

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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