Wednesday 29th October, 2014
10:00am to 11:00am
The Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) is the most visible of all air traffic control (ATC) facilities, yet most people have a limited understanding what the tower controllers are actually doing let alone how they are getting it done. If you have a personal or professional need to fully understand the United States Air Traffic Control System and the operational and functional integration of its component elements, an incomplete understanding of the role of the ATCT can, and often does, undermine the operational value and effectiveness of technological efforts to enhance the systemic performance of the National Airspace System (NAS) by failing to addressing the "real world" conditions and issues that constrain operational capabilities. From a controller’s perspective, too often technical "solutions" and enhancements solve the "easy" part of ATC and often, because of a naïve understanding of ATC procedures, end up actually INCREASING controller workload instead of lessening it.
If you are a pilot, much of your ATC exposure and experience will involve operating at an airport having an operating tower. Your experience will be more intuitive and less frustrating with an understanding of what the ATC system is trying to accomplish and how works. If you are simply interested in aviation, an understanding of ATCT operations is fundamental to understanding the aviation system.
Areas Covered in the Session:
Tower control positions
Ground Control procedures and control strategies
Tower (or Local) Control procedures and control strategies
Examples of ATCT operations
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