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 young air traffic controller was one of the hundreds, if not thousands, who died in twin disasters – a massive earthquake and accompanying tsunami – that hit the central island of Sulawesi on Friday evening. Stanley Widianto, The Seattle Times, "Toll climbs in Indonesia as desperate relatives try to reach disaster area," 1 Oct. 2018 Previously, air traffic controllers used the radio to guide pilots on this long approach. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "As Sea-Tac Airport traffic booms, distant neighborhoods are noisy despite FAA plan," 25 Oct. 2018 That is a huge increase from the maximum 35 before the disaster, according to AirNav, Indonesia’s air traffic controller. Ben Otto And I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Indonesia Will Stop Digging for Quake Victims," 8 Oct. 2018 The initial report to the Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center came from the Learjet pilot, whom the air traffic controller in the audio clip refers to as N71PG, the jet’s tail number. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "‘Something just passed over us’: Did two pilots encounter a UFO over Arizona? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Mar. 2018 Last month, a JFK International Airport air traffic controller brought both his son and daughter to work during their school break and, with his supervision, allowed them to give radio instructions to pilots of departing planes. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "FAA Suspends Air Traffic Controller for Letting His Kids Talk Over the Radio," 4 Mar. 2010 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

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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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