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Air Traffic Control is a process that that facilitates the safe and orderly movement of aircraft within and between airports by receiving and processing data from radar and devices that monitor local weather conditions and by maintaining radio contact with pilots. The primary purpose of ATC systems worldwide is to separate aircraft to prevent collisions, to organize and expedite the flow of traffic, and to provide information and other support for pilots. ATC services are provided throughout the majority of airspace, and its services are available to all users (private, military, and commercial).


Professionals in this field are known as Air Traffic Controller, who relies on radar and visual observation to direct the movements of commercial and private aircraft. They work to keep planes and passengers safe as they minimize delays. Much more than traffic directors, air traffic controllers keep pilots informed on weather conditions and runway status during arrivals and departures. They use navigation and surveillance to communicate advice, information and instructions to pilots via radio.

Some Types of Control are:


Ground control (Ground Control is responsible for the airport movement areas, as well as areas not released to the airlines or other users.)


Local control or air control (Local Control is responsible for the active runway surfaces. Local Control clears aircraft for takeoff or landing, ensuring that prescribed runway separation will exist at all times.)


Flight data / clearance delivery (Clearance Delivery is the position that issues route clearances to aircraft, typically before they commence taxiing.)


Approach and terminal control (terminal controllers handle traffic in a 30-to-50-nautical-mile (56 to 93 km) radius from the airport.)

 

Some Typical Work Activities Include

Keeping radio and/or radar contact with aircraft.

Directing the movement of aircraft en route or at an airport.

Providing information to aircraft about weather conditions.

Making sure that minimum distances are maintained between planes.

Handling unexpected events, emergencies and unscheduled traffic.

 

Courses and Eligibility

1. Student must pass higher secondary education or 10+2 with science subjects to get     admission into bachelor’s degree program

2. Any Bachelor Degree

3. Any Master Degree

4. National Air Traffic Services (NATS) Training (2 Months)

 

Employment

Graduates are Employed in both government (Indian Airlines, Air India) as well as private domestic and international (Jet Airways, Sahara etc.) airlines.

 
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