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What kind of tools are available to an ATC handling traffic in the terminal airspace to predict aircraft trajectories?

Yes, there are several ways for the controller to predict the trajectory of a flight. The closer the flight gets, the more precise the predictions also get. It all begins with a flightplan. Prior to ...
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What, exactly, is a final controller?

"Final" or "Final vector" is the position in charge of, well, final approach. It is a radar control position worked in the TRACON. As aircraft are transferred from the ARTCC to the ...
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How realistic is atc-sim.com as an ATC simulator?

As Digital Dracula says, it's just a game. The best way to experience something approaching the real deal is to join the VATSIM community. It's a virtual ATC system that integrates flight simulator ...
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How do I find all the frequencies for my local TRACON?

There are sector maps available, and each facility updates them periodically. They are published. My understanding is that sectors are joined and separated frequently, even based on the minute to ...
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How realistic is atc-sim.com as an ATC simulator?

I've played atc-sim for fun myself some time ago, and it can be a nice way to pass time. However, in terms of realism, it only simulates a very narrow range of the tasks real controllers have to do. ...
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What kind of tools are available to an ATC handling traffic in the terminal airspace to predict aircraft trajectories?

As early as the mid 1970's broadband radar (older style "raw" radar) was being replaced by computer generated targets (in Air Route Traffic Control Centers -ARTCCs) and data tags and more ...
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What, exactly, is a final controller?

In addition to the above answers, the term final controller can also refer to the controller issuing instruction for a ground controlled approach, such as a PAR or ASR approach. Aircraft will get ...
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Does TRACON airspace override Class B airspace in terms of control authority when controlling approach or departure procedures?

Class B is a legal restriction for pilots. ATC has to give them clearance to enter it. It's there to protect the traffic around a busy airport from aircraft that are not being controlled by ATC. The ...
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Why do NY ARTCC Standard Operation Procedures have different altitude limits than the NY Class B airspace?

The commenters have a good point that the SOP documents you liked are for hobbyist simulation and are not necessarily faithful reproductions of real-world procedures. But even in the real world who ...
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What, exactly, is a final controller?

A Final (radar) controller in a TRACON provides instructions (e.g., radar vectors, speed adjustments, etc.) and an instrument approach clearance (if required) necessary to sequence, provide ...
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What kind of tools are available to an ATC handling traffic in the terminal airspace to predict aircraft trajectories?

iFACTS is a product that has been in use for almost 10 years in UK ATC. It will predict 18 minutes ahead (in UK airspace as this is the longest time a flight would require to get through the longest ...
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How do I find all the frequencies for my local TRACON?

The "ATC Tower and Satellite Airport Communications (TWR)" file is available at the FAA's website under the 28-Day NASR Subscription: https://nfdc.faa.gov/webContent/28DaySub/2022-03-24/TWR....
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Does TRACON airspace override Class B airspace in terms of control authority when controlling approach or departure procedures?

I may not understand your question correctly but I think you are a little confused about Airspace here. There is no TRACON airspace. TRACON is defined here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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How are the TRACON location IDs determined?

An "up/down" facility is where the tower and TRACON are in the same building and most of the traffic is to/from that airport (typically one class C or TRSA), so they share the identifier. They do ...
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How are the TRACON location IDs determined?

This is anecdotal evidence gleaned from various forum and reddit comments, but I think it makes enough sense that I can justify making it an answer. FAA Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) ...
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Why do NY ARTCC Standard Operation Procedures have different altitude limits than the NY Class B airspace?

Airspace class is not the same as airspace ownership. TRACONs own a larger (often far, far larger) chunk of airspace, both horizontally and vertically, than is designated class B/C/TRSA. You can see ...
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