airport traffic control tower
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airport traffic control tower[′er‚pȯrt ′traf·ik kən′trōl ‚tau̇·ər]
The terminal control point at an airport for all takeoff and landing operations, departure and approach operations, and ground movements of aircraft and airport vehicles. Abbreviated ATCT.
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airport traffic control tower (ATCT)
A central operation facility in the terminal air traffic control system, consisting of a tower cabin structure, including an associated IFR (instrument flight rules) room for radar equipment, using air-to-ground communications and/or radar, visual signaling, and other devices to provide safe and expeditious movement of terminal air traffic.
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