Course Summary
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288 hours (8 weeks)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 air traffic management
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 air traffic control
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 aviation meteorology


The course objective is to train newly hired terminal students in basic tower knowledge, skills, and procedures.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Perform situation monitoring
  • Manage air traffic sequences
  • Route or plan flights
  • Assess weather impact
  • Manage position resources
  • Respond to system/equipment degradation
  • Resolve conflict situations (Local Control only)
  • Control aircraft/vehicle ground movement (Ground Control only)
  • Respond to flow constraints (Flight Data/Clearance Delivery only)

General Topics:

  • Overview of initial tower cab training
  • Air traffic facility training overview, evaluation, and statistical data
  • Aircraft characteristics and recognition
  • Terminal controller
  • Tower equipment
  • Disseminating weather
  • Introduction to the automated surface observing system (asos)
  • Tower visibility
  • Airport conditions, uses and lighting
  • Academy airport layout
  • Academy airspace and instrument procedures
  • Stripmarking
  • Flight data input/output (fdio)
  • Automatic terminal information system (atis)
  • Flight data, clearance delivery and clearances
  • Flight data, clearance delivery and clearances
  • General control
  • Position relief briefing
  • Ground control duties and responsibilities
  • Taxi and ground movement operations
  • Wind shear and low level wind shear alert system (llwas)
  • Local control position
  • Vfr arrival procedures
  • Vfr departure procedures
  • Ifr arrival and departure procedures
  • Visual operations
  • Wake turbulence and separation rules
  • Runway incursions
  • Fatigue awareness
  • Human factors in air traffic control
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials