The Jet Age (1958 - Today)

Air Traffic Control Today

Safety Wherever You Go

Every moment of every day, thousands of aircraft safely cross the skies over the United States. Each is carefully watched and directed to its destination by an interconnected system of air traffic control along well chosen routes.

Severe weather causes more than 70 percent of air traffic delays and costs the airlines billions of dollars every year. Lightning alone causes 33 percent of these losses. Air traffic controllers work constantly to minimize weather disruptions, while ensuring that every flight arrives safely.

Despite the severe challenges of weather, as well as airport congestion, the Federal Aviation Administration's professional workforce ensures that commercial aviation remains the safest form of travel.

Lightning
Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, C. Clark
 

A Typical Day in America's Airspace


 

Data courtesy NASA