Basic Job Description:
Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.
1) Initiate and coordinate searches for missing aircraft.
2) Inspect, adjust, and control radio equipment and airport lights.
3) Review records and reports for clarity and completeness, and maintain records and reports as required under federal law.
4) Alert airport emergency services in cases of emergency and when aircraft are experiencing difficulties.
5) Analyze factors such as weather reports, fuel requirements, and maps in order to determine air routes.
6) Check conditions and traffic at different altitudes in response to pilots' requests for altitude changes.
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7) Conduct pre-flight briefings on weather conditions, suggested routes, altitudes, indications of turbulence, and other flight safety information.
8) Contact pilots by radio to provide meteorological, navigational, and other information.
9) Determine the timing and procedures for flight vector changes.
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10) Direct ground traffic, including taxiing aircraft, maintenance and baggage vehicles, and airport workers.
11) Direct pilots to runways when space is available, or direct them to maintain a traffic pattern until there is space for them to land.
12) Inform pilots about nearby planes as well as potentially hazardous conditions such as weather, speed and direction of wind, and visibility problems.
13) Organize flight plans and traffic management plans to prepare for planes about to enter assigned airspace.
14) Provide flight path changes or directions to emergency landing fields for pilots traveling in bad weather or in emergency situations.
15) Compile information about flights from flight plans, pilot reports, radar, and observations.
16) Relay to control centers such air traffic information as courses, altitudes, and expected arrival times.
17) Transfer control of departing flights to traffic control centers and accept control of arriving flights.
18) Complete daily activity reports and keep records of messages from aircraft.
19) Issue landing and take-off authorizations and instructions.
20) Maintain radio and telephone contact with adjacent control towers, terminal control units, and other area control centers in order to coordinate aircraft movement.
21) Monitor aircraft within a specific airspace, using radar, computer equipment, and visual references.
22) Monitor and direct the movement of aircraft within an assigned air space and on the ground at airports to minimize delays and maximize safety.
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Holland / RIASEC Career Code: C-R-E SOC: 53-2021.00