Air Traffic Controllers

(NOC 2272)
+30.59%
 

Career Description

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.

Duties May Include

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.

Examples of Titles

Air Traffic Control Chief
Air Traffic Controller
Flight Dispatcher
Flight Service Specialist
Tower Controller, Air Traffic

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Modified on May 10, 2012