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Old 02-15-2011, 08:20 AM   #1
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Air Traffic Controller (AC)

Air-Traffic Controllers assist with the speedy flow of air traffic by directing and controlling aircraft. They operate field lighting systems and communicate with aircraft. They furnish pilots with information regarding traffic, navigation and weather conditions, as well as operate and adjust ground-controlled approach (GCA) systems and interpret targets on radar screens and plot aircraft positions.


(AC) Air - Traffic Controller
Navy Air Traffic Controllers (AC) perform duties similar to civilian air traffic controllers and play a key role in the effective use of Naval air power throughout the world in operational and training environments. Navy ACs are responsible for safely and effectively directing aircraft operating from airfields or the decks of aircraft carriers. They also control the movement of aircraft and vehicles on airfield taxiways and issue flight instructions to pilots by radio.

Specific duties include:
  • controlling and directing air traffic at airfields and on aircraft carriers using radio, radar, and other signaling devices;
  • providing aircraft with critical information on other air traffic, navigation systems, and airfield conditions essential to safe operations;
  • operating and adjusting computer-based ground/carrier-controlled navigation and radar approach systems;
  • interpreting data shown on radar screens and plotting aircraft positions;
  • maintaining aeronautical charts and maps.
Working Environment
ACs usually work in clean, office-like environments at naval air stations and on-board aircraft carriers. They work closely with others, are closely supervised, and do mostly mental work.

A-School (Job School) Information
Pensacola -- 110 caldendar days
Following "A" school, air traffic controllers spend one to two years gaining additional skills through on-the-job training at their first duty station. This consists of additional lab, lecture, and individual training leading to certification at that airfield facility. ACs are stationed in traffic control centers on aircraft carriers or at air traffic control facilities in the United States or overseas.

Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating
AC is a shore-intensive community. Sailors in shore-intensive communities do not have career paths defined by sea shore flow. AC shore tour lengths at particular shore locations are dependent upon
the tower classification, and the time frame required to become qualified for tower operations. Sailors in the AC community can expect to serve more than half their careers in operational support tours ashore.

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