National Air Traffic Control Day - July 6
Thu, Jul 6, 2023

National Air Traffic Control Day

July 6 is not only National Air Traffic Control Day but also the founding day of the air traffic control system in the United States. As stated in Senate Joint Resolution 188, this national day is to increase public awareness of how the US National Airspace System works. Also, the holiday is necessary for people to express gratitude and respect to all air traffic control personnel.


Immediately after their invention, powered aircraft were used mainly by the military and the postal service, but soon passenger flights appeared. As there were quite a lot of people on board one airliner, safety became a concern. In 1922, the International Air Navigation Commission, led by the League of Nations, established air traffic regulations. In the United States, air travel was controlled by the Department of Commerce.

The first air traffic control center was created in New Jersey in 1935, and in 1936 two more control centers were created in Chicago and Cleveland. On July 6, 1986, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the air traffic control system, National Air Traffic Control Day was established.

Interesting facts

  • On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers made the first powered flight;
  • Since the 1920s, the number of passengers on flights has been increasing;
  • In 1929, the first air traffic controller appeared.

How to take part

One should thank air traffic control workers. Also on this day, you can learn more about the airspace management system on the website of the Federal Aviation Administration, where you can also apply for the profession of air traffic controller.

When is National Air Traffic Control Day celebrated in 2023?

National Air Traffic Control Day is observed on July 6 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday July 6 2023
Saturday July 6 2024
Sunday July 6 2025
Monday July 6 2026

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