ground-controlled approach

or ground-con·trol approach

[ground-kuh n-trohld]
noun Aeronautics.
  1. a system in which an observer interprets radar observations of the position of an aircraft and transmits continuous instructions to its pilot for landing. Abbreviation: GCA

Origin of ground-controlled approach

First recorded in 1940–45
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