Radar Approach Control Facility
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Radar Approach Control Facility

A terminal ATC facility that uses radar and nonradar capabilities to provide approach control services to aircraft arriving, departing, or transiting airspace controlled by the facility.

  • Provides radar ATC services to aircraft operating in the vicinity of one or more civil and/or military airports in a terminal area. The facility may provide services of a ground controlled approach (GCA); i.e., ASR and PAR approaches. A radar approach control facility may be operated by FAA, USAF, US Army, USN, USMC, or jointly by FAA and a military service. Specific facility nomenclatures are used for administrative purposes only and are related to the physical location of the facility and the operating service generally as follows:
    • Army Radar Approach Control (ARAC) (Army).
    • Radar Air Traffic Control Facility (RATCF) (Navy/FAA).
    • Radar Approach Control (RAPCON) (Air Force/FAA).
    • Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) (FAA).
    • Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) (FAA). (Only those towers delegated approach control authority.)
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