Air Traffic Controller
(Aeronautical Telecommunications Officer, Flight Data Officer)
Managing safe flight paths for aircrafts
Air traffic controllers manage the safe and orderly flow of aircraft into, out of and between airports in Australia. They also work with overseas regions adjoining Australian airspace.
Duties and Tasks
Air traffic controllers may perform the following tasks:
- maintain radio contact with pilots to keep aircraft separated in 'corridors' of controlled airspace, on air routes and near major airports
- use radar to monitor and control aircraft movements
- make sure that aircraft operate only on pre-arranged routes and altitudes
- provide information and assistance to pilots and emergency services during in-flight emergencies.
A terminal area controller uses radar to manage and arrange the flow of aircraft that arrive at and depart from major city airports. They are responsible for the controlled airspace surrounding an airport out to a distance of approximately 30 nautical miles. Terminal area controllers are employed in Adelaide, Cairns, Perth and Sydney.
An enroute controller is responsible for the safe management of air traffic over most of the Australian mainland and on oceanic routes. The use of satellite and digital data communications is increasing in this type of control. Enroute controllers are employed in Brisbane and Melbourne.
A tower controller works from control towers at aerodromes and is responsible for all aircraft and vehicle movements on the taxiways and runways, and in the immediate surrounding airspace. There are 28 towers located at capital cities and busier regional airports around Australia.
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Air traffic controllers operate in shifts, often out of normal office hours, and are required to work on any day of the year.
- able to make quick and accurate decisions
- aptitude for working with computers
- confident, highly responsible, self-motivated and independent, but able to work in a team
- good understanding and clear practical application of the English language
- Australian or New Zealand citizenship, or Australian permanent residency
- at least 18 years of age
- able to satisfy aviation medical requirements.
Completing instructions to a departing aircraft
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