Air Traffic Control

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Air traffic control (ATC) is a service mostly provided by ground-based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and in the air. The primary purpose of ATC systems worldwide is to separate aircraft to prevent collisions, to organize and expedite the flow of traffic, and to provide information and other support for pilots when able. In some countries, ATC may also play a security or defense role (as in the United States), or actually be run entirely by the military (as in Brazil).


Related content

ATC in FlightGear multi-player

For pilots

For controllers

Software for controlling on FlightGear:

  • Standalone programs for more realistic experience: OpenRadar, ATC-pie
  • FG aircrafts like ATC-FS, an ATC model with flight strips