radar approach control facility

radar approach control facility (RAPCON)

A terminal ATC (air traffic control) facility that uses radar and nonradar capabilities to provide approach control services to aircraft arriving, departing, or transiting the airspace controlled by the facility. This facility provides radar ATC services to aircraft operating in the vicinity of one or more civil and/or military airports in a terminal area. The facility may provide the services of a ground-controlled approach (GCA)—that is, ASR (airport surveillance radar) and PAR (precision approach radar) approaches. Specific facility nomenclatures are used for administrative purposes only and are related to the physical location of the facility and the operating service.
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On July 12,2001, Kansas City Air Route Traffic Control Center (Center) advised Whiteman Radar Approach Control Facility (RAPCON) of a crippled air carrier jet that needed to land immediately The airliner, an MD-80 with 138 passengers and crew, lost its left engine and had smoke in the cabin and cockpit.
An hour later, at 1703, ATC issued the flight a frequency change to talk to the Syracuse terminal radar approach control facility. The controller advised the pilot of areas of light to moderate precipitation along the route and suggested a deviation to avoid it, which the pilot declined.
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