Issues in Air Traffic Control Term Paper by Nicky

A look at various issues in air traffic control.
# 149962 | 2,468 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper describes the task of air traffic controllers, which is to ensure safety for commercial and private aircraft, and various issues they encounter in their work. First, the paper discusses how the air traffic control system is run by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and the ATCSCC (Air Traffic Control System Command Center) which is the at the head of all traffic control management. Then, the paper examines situations and conditions which can make the work stressful and difficult. Next, the paper considers staffing and management of air traffic controllers. Other issues that are explored include aircraft separation criteria and other safety measures. Finally, the paper addressed costs in air traffic control and the possibility of privatization. The paper concludes by discussing radar systems of communication and their importance.

From the Paper:

"The air traffic control system is run by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration, which uses the airspace divisions to guide the system. The ATCSCC (Air Traffic Control System Command Center is the at the head of all traffic control management. Problems such as bad weather, traffic overloads, and faulty runways are also under the jurisdiction of the ATCSCC. There is one Air Rout Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) for each center. The function of this entity is to handle air traffic within each sector except for TRACON and local airspace. The Air Each airport has an Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT), which handles takeoff, landing, and ground traffic. The Flight Service Station (FSS) focuses its service and information on small airports and rural areas, where private pilots are in need of information such as the weather, route, terrain, and flight plan. The FSS also handles emergencies and search-and-rescue missions for aircraft that are missing or overdue."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • ADS-B Technologies LLC. Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast. (2009).
  • Freudenrich, Craig (2009). How Air Traffic Control Works.
  • Hoekstra, J.M. (2002, June). Free Flight with Airborne Separation Assurance.
  • Knorr, Dave & Bennet, Mike. (2003, Nov 4). Lessons Learned from FAA Free Flight's En Route Modeling Workshop.
  • Peterson, Barbara S. (2007). End of Flight Delays? FAA's GPS Fix Could Bust Sky Gridlock.

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