What it means to... be an air traffic controller

Fredrick Owomukama in the flight control room at Entebbe airport. His work as an air traffic controller involves managing various flights in and out of the country. Below is a landscape photo of the airport. Photo by Abubaker Lubowa.

What you need to know:

Fredrick Owomukama’s job involves maintaing order in air traffic. It is on his sanity and sense of judgement that the pilot and passengers’ lives depend.

My name is Fredrick Owomukama. I am an air traffic controller at Entebbe International Airport. My job involves guiding aircraft that is landing, those that are taking off and those that are air borne. We do this by giving instructions to the pilots. We communicate with the pilots in English, but using the International Civil Aviation Organisation language.

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