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Features March 2016 Issue

Understanding Air Traffic

Understanding Air Traffic

Traffic calls aren’t all the same, but they all serve one purpose: helping you see and avoid trouble. Understanding how ATC deals with traffic can help you avoid it.

Many air traffic control procedures can seem complex at times, but most are based on simple concepts. Take traffic calls, for instance. They’re driven by basic self-preservation. If a controller can get a pilot to see another nearby aircraft, that pilot should avoid the other aircraft and make the controller’s job easier and the skies safer—common sense in action.

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