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 On a recent weekday morning before the Christmas tree lot opened to the public, Irvin Book appeared to be something like an air traffic controller. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Christmas tree lot tradition continues after longtime owner's death," 26 Nov. 2020 As a further fail-safe, Lenti says, the air traffic controller would have to keep a dedicated flight route empty about 305 meters below both aircraft. Dhananjay Khadilkar, Scientific American, "Birdlike Flight Formations Could Cut Airline Emissions," 11 Nov. 2020 Example: Every time a plane clears its runway, an air traffic controller must flag it and notify the next plane that the runway is free. Fortune, "Regulations could speed up, not slow down, A.I. progress," 9 Nov. 2020 In more than 30 years at the FAA, Donaldson moved up through the ranks from air traffic controller to director of safety and deputy vice president of Air Traffic Services, according to Metro. Washington Post, "Metro selects new director for troubled operations control center," 17 Oct. 2020 An air traffic controller radioed a pilot Wednesday afternoon warning of a man wearing a jet pack about 6,500 feet. Richard Winton, Anchorage Daily News, "L.A. air-traffic controller warns pilot of person with jet pack flying at 6,500 feet," 15 Oct. 2020 An air traffic controller overseeing airline approaches warned a commercial pilot who was set up to land that an individual wearing a jet pack had been reported flying at about 6,500 feet. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Second sighting of person wearing a jet pack near LAX prompts new investigation," 14 Oct. 2020 The company also alleges that the first air traffic controller and his replacement failed to effectively communicate the situation during a shift change just prior to the crash. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Helicopter company in crash that killed Kobe Bryant sues air traffic controllers," 25 Aug. 2020 Stef Feldman is the campaign’s official policy director, while Jake Sullivan serves as a combination gatekeeper and air traffic controller, gathering input, coordinating info and bringing order to the chaos across fields and working groups. Michelle Cottle, Star Tribune, "In depth: The battle for Joe Biden," 28 July 2020

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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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