Reliable communications can supply logistics controllers with accurate data about your fleet, but cellular connectivity only extends so far. With Ground Control you can receive telematics data from anywhere, increasing operational efficiency, reducing your carbon footprint, and ensuring compliance with current legislation.
The Block 30 Ground Control Station (GCS) is a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) cockpit housed in either a customer-furnished building or a mobile shelter and used to control one GA-ASI aircraft. The dual-seat cockpit includes HD-integrated touch-screen displays, as well as a video switching capability that allows aircrew to move any video source to any screen. A 24-inch display between the pilot and payload operator provides screen space for shared pilot/payload data such as weather, airspace, or any information of interest to both aircrew. Extended mission duration is enhanced by adjustable heated aircrew seats and adjustable rudder pedals. The Block 30 cockpit is designed primarily for remote operations via a Satellite Communications (SATCOM) data link, however there are two ground-based radios and other systems that enable direct line of sight (LOS) operations as well.
Most audio engineers put a lot of effort into making sure the positive and negative rails of their DC power supplies have low ripple and noise, adequate bandwidth, etc. but typically not much thought is put into the signal ground plane.
In fact, from this room, the NASA team exercised full mission control of Apollo 11 from launch at the Kennedy Space Center to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. You can feel the history in the room from the monitors to the rotary dials.
The Gemini and Apollo space programs were only the beginning for mission control; it has been the center for all communications between Earth and our human spaceflight missions. Learn more about the modern Mission Control Center.
This elite group of more than 14,000 FAA air traffic control specialists provide a vital public service to guide pilots, their planes and 2.7 million daily passengers from taxi to takeoff, through the air and back safely on the ground.
The approximate median annual wage for air traffic control specialists is $127,805. The salaries for entry-level air traffic control specialists increase as they complete each new training phase.
The annual salary for more advanced controllers who have completed on-the-job training varies with the location of the facility and the complexity of the airspace. Other factors include, experienced controllers who were directly hired to facilities.
As a federal employee, air traffic control specialists receive a benefits package that rivals, if not surpasses, those offered in the private sector, with a variety of insurance, retirement, leave and flexible spending options for employees and their families. Learn more about benefits.
Most air traffic control specialists work full time, and some work additional hours. Larger air traffic control facilities operate continuously, and employees may rotate among day, evening, and night shifts, along with weekends and holidays. Smaller facilities have more standard dawn to dusk operating hours.
Because of the serious nature of this work and zero margin for error, the training regimen and proficiencies needed to become an air traffic control specialist, are demanding. Initial selection does not guarantee placement into federal civilian service. Entry-level applicants that do not elect to Bypass AT Basics, first attend an AT Basics course virtually at home, before completing required training courses at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.
The FAA offers employment opportunities for individuals with previous air traffic control experience, as well as entry-level trainee air traffic control specialists, through separate job vacancy announcements posted for a limited time throughout the year.
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