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The topic starts with the communication system design that delivers the single ATCSCC facility with the radar and flight data from the entire National Airspace System (NAS) for real time processing and assessment. There is then a discussion of the various goals, strategies, and techniques the ATCSCC employs to manage and resolve areas of significant traffic congestion and delay.
To draw the entire ATC series together, the webinar closes with an "end to end" flight scenario that starts with airline scheduling and asset management planning, followed by the step by step description of an aircraft flight from the initial receipt of the IFR clearance, through the taxi out, take-off, the TRACON experience, the enroute experience, followed by the arrival TRACON sequencing and, finally, the landing and taxi-in function.
Why should you Attend: For most people, the Traffic Flow Management (TFM) Air Traffic Control (ATC) function is some mysterious process somewhere that allegedly reduces airborne holding and congestion. Beyond that, it gets fuzzy. The function is performed by the ATC System Command Center (ATCSCC which monitors the entire National Airspace System projects likely areas of significant traffic congestion and delay. It then generates and manages large scale flow management strategies to deal with and resolve the potential disruption to air travel. . If you have a personal or professional need to fully understand the United States Air Traffic Control System and the operational and functional integration of its component elements, an incomplete understanding of the Traffic Flow Management can, and often does, undermine the operational value and effectiveness of technological efforts to enhance the systemic performance of the National Airspace System (NAS) by failing to addressing the "real world" conditions and issues that constrain operational capabilities.
If you are an instrument rated pilot or a passenger, much of your ATC exposure and experience will be influenced by the ATCSCC. Your experience will be more intuitive and less frustrating with an understanding of what the ATCSCC system is trying to accomplish and how works.
If you are simply interested in aviation, an understanding of ATCSCC operations is fundamental to understanding the aviation system.
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