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I really love aviation and I'm thinking about going for a career in air traffic control, but I can't find anything on the web that will help me learn all about it and how to perform basic operations. Is there anything on the web that I could use?

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  • $\begingroup$ @Dave this didnt help me much though. $\endgroup$ – JC-aviation Jan 15 '18 at 21:16
  • $\begingroup$ this will most likely get closed as the other answer does cover the question pretty explicitly. I have un-deleted an answer here I was working on before I noticed the dupe. It has some more info in it as well. $\endgroup$ – Dave Jan 15 '18 at 21:18
  • $\begingroup$ Call your local control tower and ask to take a tour. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Jan 15 '18 at 21:21
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Join the Vatsim network. This is a network of simulated pilots flying X-Plane, FSX, etc., and simulated controllers. The simulated controllers use, as much as they can in a hobbyist network, real phraseology and procedures. I personally knew several real-world controllers who controlled on the Vatsim network in their off-time, and I know several hobbyist controllers who went on to become real air traffic controllers.

While controlling on a hobby network is not the same as controlling real airplanes, you won't learn a lot you'll have to relearn. That's because the hobbyist controllers on Vatsim make a serious effort to follow real procedures. When they discuss air traffic control with each other, you frequently see references to the ".65", the official bible of ATC.

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The FAA lists a lot of the ATC info here. They also offer a really nice "example" flight worth of communication for those interested in what its like.

You can stream the US ATC feeds from most major airports from this site. A good resource once you have some context on what they are saying.

The airplane instrument flying handbook is intended for pilots but has lots of IFR flying examples and information with ATC communications as well.

My local airport offers (or at least offered at one point) tours of the tower. You can usually set one up by calling the phone number for the field. This is a neat way to see at least part of the working environment and possibly meet a controller and ask them questions.

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