Air Traffic Controller by Nancy Robinson Masters

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Gov/education/student_resources/ace_camps Watch a cool video about aviation camps for students. html Learn the aviation alphabet used by controllers and pilots. edu/exhibitions/gal102/americabyair Fly across the United States during different time periods. Explore aviation and air traffic control history! This is one of the author’s favorite Web sites. 21st ceNtuRy sKills libRaRy cool caReeRs air Traffic conTroller index aircraft, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19 Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC), 12–13 Air Traffic Control System Command Center, 16 approach controllers, 15–16 collisions, 6 communication, 8–9, 15, 21, 25, 28, 29 departure controllers, 13 education, 19, 20–22, 27 emergencies, 16 engines, 11 en route controllers, 14, 15 FAA Academy, 20–22, 29 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 8, 19, 25 flight service specialists, 16 fuel, 7, 25 “pass or fail” tests, 22 pilots, 6, 7, 8–9, 13, 16, 19, 25 pre-application tests, 19–20 Global Positioning System (GPS), 7 ground controllers, 13, 16 radar, 10–11, 13, 21, 25, 29 radio, 8–9, 10 Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, 16, 25 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), 11, 15 landings, 8, 13, 15–16 languages, 15, 19 Next Generation Air Transportation System, 24–25 safety, 6, 8, 11, 13, 25 salaries, 22 satellites, 7, 11, 25 September 11 attacks, 16 simulators, 11 takeoffs, 13 tower controllers, 13, 16 towers, 8–9, 13, 16, 28 work hours, 12–13 abouT The auThor Nancy Robinson Masters is a private pilot and the author of more than 30 books, including books about aviation.

Some Well-knoWn PeoPle in air Traffic conTrol Luis Walter Alvarez (1911–1988) invented systems to make air traffic control safer and more efficient. He was awarded the 1968 Nobel Prize in physics for his work. Archie William League (1907–1986) was the first air traffic controller in the United States. In 1929 he worked at the St. Louis airfield waving flags to signal pilots. Almer Stillwell “Mike” Monroney (1902–1980) was a senator from Oklahoma who wrote the law to create the Federal Aviation Administration.

21st ceNtuRy sKills libRaRy cool caReeRs air Traffic conTroller LEARNING & INNOVATION SKILLS The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is an organization of air traffic controllers in the United States. Some other countries have similar organizations. One thing these organizations do is encourage students to prepare today for career opportunities in the air traffic system of the future. Some NATCA members do this by speaking at career day programs at schools. What other ways can you suggest for students to learn about air traffic control careers?

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