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From Shrimp Boats to Satellites

The Evolution of the National Airspace System

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Historical photo of Archie League.
Pioneer air traffic controller Archie League.
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Can You Hear Me Now?


Gilbert maintained that an ATC system should not discriminate but permit access to all categories of airspace users.

Recalculating …

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Sharing the Skies

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Whether using bonfires, shrimp boats, or high-tech satellites, the FAA’s mission has always focused on providing the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.

Taking NAS Operations to New Heights

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You Are Cleared for the Approach

Tom Hoffmann is managing editor of FAA Safety Briefing. He is a commercial pilot and holds an A&P certificate.
This article was originally published in the September/October 2021 issue of FAA Safety Briefing magazine.
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