MD11Nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1264 times:
I'm no expert on the topic...What I know is that TRACON refers to one of many FAA ATC facilities that provide traffic control in the terminal areas using radar. This type of service typically is near airports with altitude from the ground to about 15,000 ft.
Pacific From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1051 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1233 times:
The TRACON at New York controls the whole airspace outside the vicinity of the airports. They line up the planes for approach before the plane passes to the approach control at the airport. They generally just organise the traffic outside the controlled area of the airports. Hope this helps.
ILS 15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1216 times:
TRACONs don't nessesarily just do Class B airspace, all your class C airspce would also have a TRACON. Basically TRACON is just the name for the building, it provides approach and departure services for an area. Often there will be smaller satalite airports under the TRACONs airspace, and they'll do the same for them. At your larger TRACONs like the NY TRACON, N90, the area will be broken down into smaller sectors, and divided up by airports as well. So you may just be the "final" controller for EWR or LGA...etc.. Controllers at these places cycle through the different sectors and between approach and departure (which may be combined at some places)
Apopa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1206 times:
There is a great simulator called TRACON and one called RAPCON (Radar Approach Control) for military operations,
which can be purchased for about $25 each. The software is a spinoff of training software for air traffic controllers (ATC). The workload can be varied and pilot errors and weather movement is also simulated. A scoring is maintained and various Mayday and missed approaches are included. All pilots should try this software to get a feel for the workload and problems faced by ATC people. The software has Seattle, Boston Los Angeles and several other commercial and military centers (Edwards AFB, Miramar NAS). I have our engineers working on freeflight ATC work with these programs so that they can get a feel for the real world problems.