Putting Pieces in Place

More than a middleman, Ground Control ensures airplanes are where they need to be, when they need to be there—a mixture of Tetris and a jigsaw puzzle with moving pieces.

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In the grand scheme of air traffic control, Ground Control sometimes seems to be a supporting position. Radar’s taking fast-moving arrival streams and forging them into precise, parallel finals. Tower’s launching aircraft in the tight gaps between arrivals. Meanwhile, GC’s airplanes are … lumbering across concrete. It may not be sexy, but Ground’s my favorite […]
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