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TRACON Controller

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TRACON Air Traffic Controller

TRACON, also called approach control or departure control are generally responsible for aircraft 18,000 - 10,000 feet and below and within a 100 miles of the airport. They also separate aircraft primarily by RADAR. A TRACON controller follows similar rules as an EnRoute controller; they just do it in a smaller, generally more complex airspace. The TRACON will set up the final arrival sequence to all airports in their jurisdiction as well as handle airport departures.

A TRACON will also handle much more VFR aircraft as VFR aircraft generally will fly below 10,000 feet. They provide advisories, vectors, and altitudes both VFR and IFR aircraft to and from their destinations. They also coordinate closely with the Towers to get an idea of how the tower departures will conflict with their arrivals. Sometimes the TRACON will put holds on the tower departures to help de-congest the airspace immediately around the airport.

At times a particular airport can become so saturated with aircraft arrivals, that it may be necessary for the TRACON to hold aircraft from entering the tower's airspace for a period of time. This can also occur when bad weather is present over a particular area. This increases the stress and controllers workload tremendously.


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