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The Evolution Of Air Traffic Control

The 20th of October marks the International Day of the Air Traffic Controller. While air traffic control systems are now comprehensive and employ thousands of people worldwide, many years ago, it started with a man and a flag that guided pilots in take-offs and landings. The system has significantly advanced, but air traffic control remains the underdog in keeping the airspace safe.

Humble beginnings
Although the first scheduled passenger flight in 1914 was one of the most significant landmarks in aviation history, air traffic control (ATC) didn’t emerge until years later. Before ATC kickstarted, pilots would use visual navigation methods, such as compasses and maps, to fly and land planes.

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