What Are the Duties of an Air Traffic Control Specialist?
The duties of an air traffic control specialist include guiding pilots, planes, and their passengers safely from and onto each runway during takeoff and landing. As an air traffic control specialist, you monitor using radar and computers and direct movement of aircraft in the air and while on land, communicating clearly with the pilots to ensure they stay a safe distance apart. Other responsibilities include working with ground traffic to coordinate vehicles, providing weather updates and runway closures to pilots, and alerting airport response staff of any airplane emergencies. When working at large airports, shifts include days, nights, weekends, and holidays. Small facilities are typically open from sunrise to sunset.
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