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 An emergency was declared shortly before the crash Shortly before aircraft tracking data showing the plane crashed into the highway, a pilot radioed air traffic controllers to report an emergency. Gregory Wallace, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 In addition to hiring more air traffic controllers, the legislation would also help prevent collisions by deploying runway safety technologies to more airports that can track aircraft and other vehicles’ exact location on the runway. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Feb. 2024 One of the pilots told air traffic controllers that the man who posed the threat had been removed from the cockpit and was in handcuffs in the back of the plane. TIME, 24 Oct. 2023 Police then asked air traffic controllers to tell the pilot to shut down the aircraft’s engines. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 3 Jan. 2024 The investigation cited a lack of warning systems at airports coupled with a staffing shortage of air traffic controllers as some of the main contributing factors to these near-catastrophes that happen, on average, multiple times a week. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 2 Jan. 2024 Airports too struggled to rehire ground crew and air traffic controllers at a speed that matched the rise in travel demand. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 15 Jan. 2024 The co-pilot contacted air traffic controllers, declaring an emergency and saying the plane needed to immediately descend to 10,000 feet (3,048 meters), the altitude where there is enough oxygen for everyone onboard to breathe. Terry Spencer, Fortune, 9 Jan. 2024 An audio recording between the pilot and an air traffic controller describes what happened next. Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times, 8 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of air traffic controller was in 1922

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“Air traffic controller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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