air-traffic control


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air-traffic control

[′er ¦traf·ik kən‚trōl]
(navigation)
A service which promotes the safe and fast movement of aircraft operating in the air or on an airport surface by providing rules, procedures, and information and advisory services for pilots. Abbreviated ATC.
A system comprising enabling legislation, operating procedures, and navigation and communication equipment which is intended to make for the safe and expeditious movement of aircraft from the time that they leave the departure gates to arrival at the terminal gates.
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Airlines, small plane owners debate air-traffic control funding.
Before the 1994 elections, the administration proposed turning the air-traffic control system into a government corporation and has signaled recently that it is open to a fully private corporation.
Unlike many other critics, Nader and Smith recognize the problem as institutional and call for spinning off air-traffic control as a user-funded corporation.
The National Commission to Ensure a Strong Competitive Airline Industry last August recommended that air-traffic control by corporatized, and the Air Transport Association (the airline trade group) has endorsed this proposal.
CSC will support a common data facility, plus other mission areas including air-traffic control, aeronautical data links and traffic management.

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