This report provides an overview of the air traffic control facilities available in the UK and examines some of the trends in this field. Also, a brief description of the early history of air traffic control is presented. Controlled airspace, quadrantal rule, semi-synthetic displays, military control, and airspace policy are described. For emergency situations, the Distress and Diversion (D&D) call at the London Air Traffic Control Center (LATCC) offers round-the-clock surveillance of all traffic in the London Flight Information Region (FIR). A discussion on the College of Air Traffic Control is presented and it is noted that the college provides both a first rate training ground for the highly regarded British ATCO, and a valuable source of foreign exchange. The Air Traffic Control Evaluation Unit (ATCEU) is called upon to evaluate and develop techniques and equipment for future air traffic systems; to develop methods of control to cope with the increasing air traffic density; check radar installations; and collect and analyze data concerning aircraft operations. It is noted that civil aviation authorities are becoming more aware that simulation can be used to train far better than classroom and control-tower combination. A brief discussion on the ground-based secondary surveillance radar (SSR) is presented. Lastly, the use of an IBM 9020 computer system for en-route air traffic control at the LATCC is discussed.

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    IPC Transport Press, Limited

    Dorset House, Stamford Street
    London SE1 9LU,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Broadbent, S
    • VASS, L
  • Publication Date: 1976-6-5

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  • Pagination: 7 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179854
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Flight International
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM