Control tower operator (aerial) - Salary and Career
Air transport technicians

Control tower operator (aerial) - Career description, activities, functions and salary

Develop and implement a flight safety program and aeronautical emergency plan. They control air traffic on the ground and in the air, promote airport security. They plan flights, dispatch flights, embark and disembark passengers. They carry out inspections in restricted security areas. Supervise activities of the civil aviation system and provide training.

How much does an Control tower operator (aerial) earn

A Control tower operator (aerial) earns between $1.400 and $7.398 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.828 and a median salary of $1.900 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 477 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Control tower operator (aerial)

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.828 33.931 707 14
1º Quartile 1.400 16.805 350 7
Median Salary 1.900 22.800 475 9
3º Quartile 5.642 67.709 1.411 28
Higher Salary 7.398 88.782 1.850 37


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium level technicians in transport services
      • transport technicians (logistics)
        • air transport technicians

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Main workplaces

Air transport technicians they work in infraero, in agencies and in air transport companies and the like. They are civil and military personnel in the aeronautics, salaried, with a formal contract. They are organized as a team, under permanent or occasional supervision. They work indoors and outdoors. Working hours can be daytime, nighttime, irregular and in shifts, with face-to-face work. There are special rules for the flight controller. Some of the activities performed are subject to noise exposure and stress.


What does it take to work in the field of Air transport technicians

The exercise of these occupations requires a minimum of high school education plus specialization courses ranging from two hundred to more than four hundred class hours. There is a tendency to increase qualifications and part of it is acquired on the job, there is a tendency to rotate roles in airlines with the configuration of a new type of professional, multipurpose. For the full exercise of the activities, three to five years of experience are required.


Functions and activities of Control tower operator (aerial)

Air transport technicians must:

  • dispatch flights;
  • perform safety restricted area inspection (ars);
  • disembark passengers;
  • serving customers and users of the civil aviation system;
  • take passengers and baggage;
  • serve customers and users of the civil aviation system;
  • supervise civil aviation system activities;
  • delivering training;
  • communicate;
  • boarding passengers and baggage;
  • board passengers and baggage;
  • promote airport security;
  • provide flight safety;
  • service customers and users of the civil aviation system;
  • perform inspection in restricted security areas (ars);
  • provide flight security;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • inspect civil aviation system activities;
  • perform security restricted area inspection (ars);
  • plan flight;
  • perform inspection in restricted security areas (ars);
  • ship passengers and baggage;
  • control air traffic;
  • minister training;
  • perform inspection in restricted safety areas (ars);

  • Activities

    • disembark special passengers (ill, prisoners, pregnant women and those with limited mobility);
    • inspect activities of the aeronautical maintenance workshop;
    • make boarding calls according to priority;
    • create reports;
    • implement airport security and operations guidelines;
    • make flight reservations;
    • send hazard report to relevant bodies;
    • direct passengers to arrivals hall;
    • apply questionnaire (profile);
    • testing equipment;
    • inspect aircraft documentation;
    • assess weather conditions on final approach;
    • adopt procedures for initial investigation of aeronautical incidents and accidents;
    • request removal of metallic, electronic and personal objects;
    • record occurrences in ars;
    • open a case for missing or damaged baggage;
    • identify passengers missing boarding;
    • inspect airport infrastructure conditions;
    • store unaccompanied luggage (rush, lost or forgotten);
    • check the total number of passengers on board;
    • identify objects that may cause damage to aircraft/passengers ;
    • remove luggage from passengers missing boarding;
    • maintain constant surveillance of traffic, airspace and operational areas of responsibility;
    • request authorization for air traffic control outside the area of responsibility;
    • overcoming adverse situations;
    • inspect cabotage practice by foreign flag aircraft in national territory;
    • provide collection of objects that may cause damage to aircraft ;
    • supervise operating conditions of safety equipment ( stretchers and others);
    • use epi;
    • authorize aircraft door to close;
    • instructing personnel in qualification courses;
    • act with self-control;
    • organization;
    • develop an airport security plan (psa);
    • monitor interns and trainees;
    • check specific documentation for the transport of atypical objects;
    • work as a team;
    • subject to violators according to the brazilian aeronautical code and complementary legislation;
    • providing accommodation and compensation in cases of overbooking, cancellation, delay and return according to specific legislation;
    • call waiting list;
    • inspect airworthiness and aircraft maintenance;
    • perform ramp control;
    • transmit flight plan to the aeronautical information unit;
    • trigger bird inhibitor devices at the airport site;
    • synthesis ability;
    • delivering lectures related to flight safety;
    • supervise activities of auxiliary air transport service companies;
    • organize physical airport space;
    • notify management about the presence of abandoned objects;
    • develop flight security program at the airport;
    • log air traffic incidents;
    • sell tickets;
    • public speaking;
    • objectivity;
    • keep your current driver's license certificate (technical qualification certificate-cht and qualification certificate in security-chs);
    • conduct meetings to discuss issues related to flight safety;
    • accredit people and vehicles for access to restricted areas;
    • control the transport of dangerous and controlled goods;
    • supervise the practice of security measures according to the security level of the airport;
    • request area isolation;
    • request disposal of prohibited and/or dangerous objects;
    • provide medical emergency care;
    • disseminate the philosophy of the investigation and prevention system of aeronautical accidents (sipaer);
    • provide general information;
    • highlight boarding pass;
    • tagging baggage;
    • develop an aviation emergency plan;
    • provide services of surveillance and radar vectoring;
    • allow taxiing, movement of people and vehicles in the maneuvering areas;
    • accompany provision and service teams on board;
    • monitor tv surveillance system;
    • fill in flight progression sheet;
    • inspect technical operational procedures and safety of airlines and airport administration ;
    • fill in avsec dispatches and forms;
    • inform the number of in-flight services;
    • notify the administration of fire outbreaks and invasion of the airport site;
    • provide information regarding navigation aid and aerodrome conditions;
    • inspect the opening and call of the waiting list;
    • approve the aeronautical accident prevention program (ppaa);
    • post safety procedure notices;
    • control access and circulation in restricted areas;
    • inform commander about updated weather report;
    • observe passenger behavior;
    • activate alert service;
    • establish procedures for the transportation of valuables;
    • inspect pilot schools, aero clubs and aviation clubs (operational procedures and documents);
    • inspect activities of auxiliary air transport service companies;
    • request baggage claim for missing passengers;
    • selling tickets;
    • check documentation and ticket;
    • issue authorization to overfly foreign aircraft;
    • keep up-to-date driver's license (technical qualification certificate-cht and qualification certificate in security-chs);
    • ability to observe;
    • fill in the weight and balance manifest form;
    • inspect hand luggage (size and volume);
    • conduct courses and lectures related to airport security;
    • approve flight plan;
    • perform land and air communication via radiotelephony;
    • work as a team;
    • activate the competent body;
    • record occurrences of aeronautical incidents and accidents;
    • forward connecting passengers;
    • inform the number of on-board services;
    • collect prohibited and/or dangerous objects;
    • authorize takeoff and landing;
    • notify the commander of the existence of armed passengers on board;
    • make land and air communication via radiotelephony;
    • packing, in accordance with current legislation, declared special objects;
    • collect information about the number of passengers, cargo and baggage;
    • keep a current qualification certificate (technical qualification certificate-cht and qualification certificate in security-chs);
    • apply procedures according to ppaa;
    • monitor the closing of the aircraft doors;
    • keep your driver's license up to date (technical qualification certificate-cht and qualification certificate in security-chs);
    • make airspace available for air activity;
    • inspect cabotage practice by foreign-flagged aircraft in national territory;
    • fill out weight and balance manifest form;
    • inspect employees and vehicles;
    • set route, flight level, fuel consumption, according to technical specifications of the aircraft;
    • analyze meteorological and aeronautical information;
    • troubleshooting;
    • adjust flight conditions according to the origin and destination runways (size, temperature and others) );
    • register customer and user complaints;
    • monitor data entered in the flight information system (siv);
    • trigger mechanisms to assist aircraft in aeronautical emergency;
    • inform crew number of people on board and existence of special passengers;
    • sensory ability;
    • authorize aircraft door closing;
    • inspect aeronaut law enforcement;
    • determine distribution of cargo and baggage in the holds;
    • authorize flight level change and detour;
    • operate equipment;
    • supervise aeronaut law enforcement;
    • request consent from passengers for personal search;
    • trigger mechanisms to respond to aircraft in aeronautical emergencies;
    • report;
    • adopt security level;
    • perform personal search by probing;
    • follow safety procedures;
    • check equipment operation;
    • suspend operations at the aerodrome under special conditions;
    • supply the flight information system (siv) with updated data;
    • join meetings;
    • complete reports;
    • check technical proficiency of airmen;
    • collect signatures on the weight and balance manifest;
    • adop security level;
    • authorize start of descent for approach and landing procedure;
    • verify employee and vehicle credentials;
    • clarity;
    • inform armed passengers about the existence of others in the same situation;
    • leadership ability;
    • collect information passed by flight planning;
    • rapidity of reflexes;
    • distribute emergency plan to civil aviation system bodies;
    • approve airline security plan;
    • visual acuity;
    • coordinate with adjacent control bodies;
    • keep separate aircraft in flight;
    • initiative;
    • systemic vision capacity;
    • record air traffic violation;
    • conducting lectures related to flight safety;
    • focused and diffused attention;
    • systemic vision ability;


    Sectors that hire Control tower operator (aerial) the most in the job market

    • airports and landing fields operation
    • air transport auxiliary activities
    • air taxi service and aircraft rental with crew
    • temporary labor lease
    • wholesale of instruments and materials for medical, surgical, hospital and laboratory use
    • advertising agencies
    • combined building support services
    • regular passenger air transport
    • installation of other equipment
    • aircraft maintenance and repair




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