Air traffic controllers direct air traffic within assigned airspace, and control moving aircraft and service vehicles at airports.
Flight dispatchers authorize airline flights over assigned routes.
Flight service specialists provide pilots with flight information essential to aviation safety.
Air traffic controllers perform some or all of the following duties:
Control flow of air traffic within assigned airspace using radar monitors, radio and other communication equipment and visual references
Issue aircraft takeoff and landing instructions to pilots and relay meteorological, navigational and other information to pilots in flight
Maintain radio and telephone contact with adjacent control towers, terminal control units and other area control centres, and co-ordinate movement of aircraft into adjoining areas
Alert airport emergency services when aircraft are experiencing difficulties and report missing aircraft to search and rescue services
Direct activities of all moving aircraft and service vehicles on or near airport runways.
Flight dispatchers perform some or all of the following duties:
Analyze environmental conditions and assess aircraft for load and fuel capacity and other factors to determine flight routes
Brief flight crew before takeoff on weather conditions, status of navigational facilities and airports en route
Co-sign flight authorization with aircraft captain
Monitor progress of flight and communicate as required with aircraft during flight
Delay or cancel flights if conditions warrant
Prepare and maintain flight plans, flight logs and other reports.
Flight service specialists perform some or all of the following duties:
Provide pre-flight information concerning current and forecast weather conditions, radio frequencies, terrain, airports and related data to assist pilots in preparation of flight plans
Check flight plans for completeness and accuracy and forward flight plans to air traffic services facility
Respond to radio calls from aircraft preparing for takeoff or landing and supply information such as weather conditions, wind speed and direction and presence of local air traffic
Support air traffic control operations by relaying radio requests for flight clearances, arrival and departure information and position reports
Alert airport emergency services of aircraft experiencing difficulties and initiate communication searches when aircraft become overdue
Observe, record and report weather conditions at airports.
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