Air Traffic Controllers

Air Traffic Controllers The Unsung Heroes of the Airline Industry

Matt Lauer Takes on his task as an intern with Air Traffic Controllers.  Watch His Video Below

Air Traffic Controllers

Matt Lauer Worked In An Air Traffic Control Tower – And No One Got Hurt! | TODAY

On TODAY’s series Up for the Job TODAY, all of our TODAY anchors are interning at different jobs.   One of these jobs is air traffic controllers.  Matt Lauer can keep a cool head under pressure, so he wanted to see if he could pull off interning as an air-traffic controller at New York’s JFK airport. » Subscribe to TODAY: » Watch the latest from TODAY: About: TODAY brings you the latest headlines and expert tips on money, health and parenting. We wake up every morning to give you and your family all you need to start your day. If it matters to you, it matters to us. We are in the people business. Subscribe to our channel for exclusive TODAY archival footage & our original web series.

Every time I get on an airplane I think about how difficult the job air traffic controllers have.  My hat is off to those hard working men and women that we call air traffic controllers.  They have so many lives in their hands everyday and can’t even make one mistake.  You only have to stand and watch the planes landing and taking off at JFK International Airport to truly understand the magnitude and responsibility of their job.

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Bob Bartol has spent his whole life working with electronics in almost every capacity and spent many hours in Physics classes.

He currently holds 4 U.S. patents and has been making a living off one of the patents “The Bartol Mag-Probe” for over twenty years. Bartol Research’s Mag-Probe now has a global reach and is dramatically reducing trouble shooting downtime anywhere a solenoid valve. relay, or contactor is used.

F111 Air Force Projects – European Flight Competition
January 1968

Bob attended electronics school in the Air Force. Upon graduation he was assigned to a fighter wing in Germany. During his assignment he prepared seven aircraft for European competition. The fighter wings aircraft won the competition.

Bob then returned to the United States and taught advanced radar for two years.

Two years later, he returned to Europe. During this assignment, Air Force headquarters Europe selected Bob to open a Precision Measuring Equipment Laboratory (P.M.E.L) in England. It was the first of its kind in the Air Force.

Upon his return to the United States, Air Force headquarters assigned Bob to Air Force research command in Florida. This was strictly a scientific assignment for research and development.

After three years he moved from Eglin AFB in Florida to Edwards Air Force Base in California where he had direct contact with the National Bureau of Standards and supported research and development aircraft.

During this assignment, he designed a modification for the TF X fighter (F-111). This modification made possible an additional 9800 flying hours per year. The F111 was the first swing wing aircraft in history. General Dynamics completed the modification prior to acceptance by the U.S. Air Force.

Modification of F111 Aircraft
General Dynamics
March 1963

As a result of increasing this flying time Bob Received an award from Edwards Air Force Base for Increasing flying time of the F111 by 9,800 hours per year. The Award was Presented by Colonel Grumbles to TSGT Bob Bartol on June 17, 1963

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