Fundamentals of Air Traffic Control / Edition 4

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The only college-level text available on air traffic control, this book describes not only how the air traffic control (ATC) system works, but why it operates the way it does. It presents the history and development of the ATC system, with an emphasis on the logic behind it, instead of simply listing rules and regulations.
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A revised and updated college-level textbook that describes the background and history of the development of the air traffic control (ATC) system, emphasizing both how the ATC system works and why it operates the way it does. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534393885
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/21/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael S. Nolan, a former air traffic controller, teaches aviation courses in the Aviation Technology Department at Purdue University and has taught a variety of aviation courses at the University of Illinois, Chanute Air Force Base and Purdue University. He holds licenses and certification as a commercial pilot, flight instructor, instrument instructor, tower operator, airframe and powerplant mechanic, and aviation weather observer. Mr. Nolan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University and his Master of Science degree in Instructional Development and Educational Computing from Purdue University).
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Table of Contents

1. History of Air Traffic Control. 2. Navigation Systems. 3. Air Traffic Control System Structure. 4. Airport Air Traffic Control Communications: Procedures and Phraseology. 5. Air Traffic Control Procedures and Organization. 6. Control Tower Procedures. 7. Nonradar En Route and Terminal Separation. 8. Theory and Fundamentals of Radar Operation. 9. Radar Separation. 10. Operation in the National Airspace System. 11. Oceanic and International Air Traffic Control. 12. The Future of the National Airspace System. 13. The Federal Aviation Administration. Appendixes. Glossary. Common Abbreviations. References. Index.
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