Profession air traffic manager

Air traffic managers coordinate the planning of ground control, the maintenance of the aircrafts, and the handling of customers. They strive for the most efficient use of resources in directing the aircraft. They manage safety, quality, and risks in everyday work. They also plan and compare performance with other air navigation service providers.

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Personality Type


  • Geographic areas

    Know the geographic area in detail; know where different organisations carry out operations.

  • Common aviation safety regulations

    The body of legislation and regulations that apply to the field of civil aviation at regional, national, European and International levels. Understand that regulations aimed at protecting citizens at all times in civil aviation; ensure that operators, citizens, and organisations comply with these rules.

  • Airspace system block upgrades

    An Airspace System Block Upgrade (ASBU) designates a set of measures that can be implemented to improve the functionality of the ATM system.

  • Celestial navigation

    Understand the science of celestial navigation and position fixing by using specialised measuring equipment.

  • Air traffic management

    Thoroughly understand the major activities in air traffic management, such as air traffic control, air traffic flow management, and aeronautic information services.


  • Ensure quality of aeronautical information management services

    Undertake complex tasks and perform medium and high level database, desktop and GIS-related activities; develop quality aeronautical data sets and publications.

  • Manage air navigation services

    Manage air navigation services; oversee financial planning and follow evolutions in aviation technology.

  • Perform risk analysis

    Identify and assess factors that may jeopardise the success of a project or threaten the organisation's functioning. Implement procedures to avoid or minimise their impact.

  • Perform market research

    Gather, assess and represent data about target market and customers in order to facilitate strategic development and feasibility studies. Identify market trends.

  • Perform data analysis

    Collect data and statistics to test and evaluate in order to generate assertions and pattern predictions, with the aim of discovering useful information in a decision-making process.

  • Use modern electronic navigational aids

    Use modern navigational aids such as GPS and radar systems.

  • Follow airport safety procedures

    Comply with airport safety procedures, policies and legislation to ensure a safe working environment for all employees, and to ensure the safety of passengers.

  • Ensure safety in international aviation

    Communicate with national and international agencies to ensure maximum efficiency and safety in the field of aviation.

  • Train staff in navigational requirements

    Plan and conduct ground training activities and airborne instruction; apply navigational methods to mission requirements.

Optional knowledge and skills

use geographic information systems apply airport standards and regulations plan maintenance activities airport environmental regulations provide assistance to a variety of airport users monitor aviation meteorology inspect aircraft documentation statistics aircraft flight control systems geographic information systems work in an aviation team test ground system performance coordinate flight schedules

Source: Sisyphus ODB