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.
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.