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ATC is something pilots now take for granted as part of their day to day routine, but it’s not always been that way.
The first air traffic controller on record was in 1929, a man called Archie. W. League in St Louis, USA. He was employed by the airport operator to prevent collisions between aircraft. Equipped with some the height of technology (a red flag for “hold” and a checkered flag for “go”) Archie completed his duties until 1937 where he joined the FAA and eventually became the ‘Air Traffic Service Director’ until he retired in 1973.
It wasn’t until 1935 that Air Traffic Control actually organized the separation of aircraft, it was first seen in Newark, New Jersey. There was no direct radio link with the aircraft, instead, the controllers would have to juggle maps, telephones, and blackboard to maintain control.
Nowadays, Air Traffic Controllers use the latest radar technology (TRACON) and receive information from roughly 26 air traffic management systems handling approximately 50,000 aircraft a day worldwide. I think we can all be thankful that we evolved from Archie’s flag system.