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

Examples of air traffic controller in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chris Curry, the president of the Mobile Airport Authority, was an air traffic controller in England at the time and remembers the sudden jolt to the industry. al, "Revenue plummets, planes grounded at Alabama airports," 25 Mar. 2020 The Spanish government has only once before declared a state of emergency, in 2010, when the military was ordered to break up a wildcat strike by air traffic controllers that had paralyzed the country’s airports. New York Times, "Spain Imposes Nationwide Lockdown to Fight Coronavirus," 14 Mar. 2020 Investigators, however, have radar tracking and communications with air traffic controllers. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Kobe Bryant's ex-pilot: Helicopter was 'Cadillac' of the skies, yet it crashed. NTSB is hunting for clues.," 30 Jan. 2020 But protesters began the day by blocking roads and train doors using flash-mob-style tactics, while more than 200 flights at the city’s international airport were canceled as large numbers of air traffic controllers called in sick. Austin Ramzy,, "Hong Kong strike sinks city into chaos, and government has little reply," 5 Aug. 2019 All told, about 14,000 people work at the airport, including baggage handlers, ticket agents and air traffic controllers, who work directly for an airline, the government or an aviation services company that is contracted to the airport. Randy Tucker,, "COVID-19: CVG traffic 10 percent of normal; airport freezes hiring, plans other cost-cutting," 28 Mar. 2020 National Transportation Safety Board investigators have said Zobayan asked for and received permission from air traffic controllers to proceed in the fog. oregonlive, "Super Bowl 2020: Watch tribute to Kobe Bryant and fellow victims of helicopter crash," 3 Feb. 2020 Shortly before, the pilot unsuccessfully sought navigation help from air traffic controllers because of poor visibility. Adam Elmahrek, Los Angeles Times, "Kobe Bryant’s helicopter didn’t have terrain alert system. Could it have averted tragedy?," 30 Jan. 2020 Doug Church, spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Assn., a labor union that represents air traffic controllers hired by the FAA, said on Tuesday that Duran does not hold an office that allows him to speak on behalf of the union. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Tweets posted on Burbank air traffic controller’s account offend community groups," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of air traffic controller

1922, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2020

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“Air traffic controller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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