air-traffic control radar beacon system
air-traffic control radar beacon system[′er ¦traf·ik kən′trōl ¦rā‚där ′bē·kən ‚sis·təm]
A system adopted by the Federal Aviation Agency for use in controlling air traffic over the United States; the aircraft carry identification transponders designed to transmit an airplane identity code, altitude, and additional message when interrogated by an air-traffic controller's equipment. Abbreviated ATCRBS.
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