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What Exactly Is Tracon?  
User currently offlineJfkaua From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1000 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4198 times:

Hey, my neighbor who works at TRACON in Westbury, NY ( I think) invited me to come there and look around some day. What exactly do they do and handle at a TRACON center?

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User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4191 times:

Terminal Radar and Approach CONtrol.

Essentially aircraft operating within controlled terminal airspace around an airport, including those intending to land.

User currently offlineJfkaua From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1000 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4186 times:

so when are aircraft switched from tracon to the approach at the tower?

User currently offlineKYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 days ago) and read 4160 times:

TRACON is approach. If you are on an airline flight, Center hands you off to TRACON, and then they hand you off to the tower, usually once you are established on the visual or the ILS, or whatever approach you are doing.

"It starts when you're always afraid; You step out of line, the man come and take you away" -Buffalo Springfield
User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6922 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4079 times:

If you go to myairplane.com and look at the STARs coming into the New York area, you'll see they often tell pilots to "expect clearance" to cross so-and-so fix at altitude so-and-so. That clearance will come from the Center (New York Center is in Ronkonkoma), and typically Center will hand off the flight to Approach (in Westbury) as it's approaching that fix.

For instance, flights into JFK from the west use the LENDY arrival and are cleared by NY Center to descend to FL190. As the flight is getting down toward that altitude, maybe 5-10 miles WNW of Paterson NJ, Center tells them to contact Approach on 127.4 MHz. That's when they start talking to Westbury.

Flights out of NY call Westbury a minute or so after takeoff and mostly stay with them until they're up around 12000-15000 ft.

User currently offlineSPREE34 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2279 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4058 times:

Go see it. He can work it out so you get to sit with a controller and listen in.
I do this for people all the time.


I don't understand everything I don't know about this.
User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2738 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4027 times:

Take your neighbor up on this offer. I was fortunate enough to visit the Philadelphia TRACON last summer and it was very cool to see the other side of the system at work. You can just stroll around and watch them working many airplanes at a time and maybe chat with the ones that aren't as busy. Not many people get to go to a TRACON -- don't pass this up!


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