Why Air Traffic Control Matters in the World of Aviation
Flying an aircraft safely and landing would be impossible without air traffic control. The process of air control aims to ensure that aircraft don’t collide and provide specific information that is relevant for the pilots.
Pilots must be informed of the weather conditions before takeoff and while navigating the aircraft in the air. In case the pilot gets into problems, they communicate with the air communication tower(indra navia) for assistance especially during emergency landings.
The captain of a ship relies on a compass to reach safely to the shores. Without it he or she will probably spend years at sea, lost in the middle of nowhere. Pilots cannot do without air control (GBAS ground based augmentation system). Here are some of the critical functions performed by air traffic control personnel:
· They are responsible for providing the best possible route for pilots.
· Air transport is the safest form of transport thanks to air traffic control. They ensure that different aircraft are not on the same route preventing accidents.
· They determine whether the conditions are right for flight. Very stormy weather can cause too much turbulence and cause an aircraft to crash.
· They are in charge of the systems that determine when an aircraft lands or takes off. At times, the airport schedule might be too busy and some crafts have to be placed on hold while others allowed to takeoff or land.
· They maintain constant communication with aircraft while in flight. This communication is carried out using radar tracking technologies and radio contact.
The air communication towers are usually elevated above the rest of the airport. This is important in ensuring that air traffic controllers have a clear view of the various runways. The towers are also equipped with various gadgets to measure the strength and speed of wind which are important factors to consider before an aircraft takes off or lands.
A sophisticated computerized system is usually installed in most airports to automate the various functions that have to be performed by the air traffic controllers. This system generally data collected from the various radars.
The radars that feed data to the system are categorized as primary and secondary surveillance radars.
The primary surveillance radar main relays data about the range and positioning of the aircraft using GPRS or other radio wave technologies.
The secondary surveillance radar connects to the transponder in the plane. This radar identifies the aircraft and records all communication between the tower and the pilot.
The next time to travel by air, keep in mind that air traffic controllers are responsible for your safe arrival!