[ air-traf-ik ]
/ ˈɛərˌtræf ɪk /
a government service that facilitates the safe and orderly movement of aircraft within and between airports by receiving and processing data from radar and devices that monitor local weather conditions and by maintaining radio contact with pilots.
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Origin of air-traffic control
First recorded in 1930–35
Related formsair-traffic controller, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for air traffic control
an organization that determines the altitude, speed, and direction at which planes fly in a given area, giving instructions to pilots by radio
Derived Formsair-traffic controller, noun
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