The Journal of Air Traffic Control



The Journal of Air Traffic Control is ATCA’s flagship publication. The quarterly magazine is a critical resource to all professionals involved in air traffic management (ATM) and other aviation disciplines, such as ATC specialists, frontline managers, engineers, pilots, researchers, and members of the academic community. It’s devoted to developments in air traffic control and features articles ranging from:

Current issues involving ATC operations.
·         Innovative concepts and applications of technology to ATM/ATC.
·         Public policy debates affecting aviation.
·         Commentary by noted aviation experts and policy makers.
·         ATC historical material.
·   Reviews of books and videos of interest to the aviation community.
·         and more!


The Journal of Air Traffic Control is an exclusive member benefit. Members receive it in the mail and have 24/7 access to the password-protected online version.

Read the Journal Online! Flip through the Digital Version Today!

Online Journal: (click on The ATCA Journal Online Editions).
Don't have the printed copy with you? Email Managing Editor Kristen Knott, or call +1 (703) 299-2430 for the login information.

To order your subscription to the Journal, please print and complete the order form and send it to:

Subscription Manager, Journal of Air Traffic Control
Air Traffic Control Association
1101 King St, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314, USA.

or email Tim Wagner


Fall Issue (Quarter 3, September release) 
Editorial Content Due to ATCA: June 16

Winter Issue (Quarter 4, December release) 
Editorial Content Due to ATCA: September 1



The editor and publications committee of The Journal of Air Traffic Control welcome article inquiries and submissions for consideration. Please submit them to Managing Editor Kristen Knott.

Article length is flexible, but should range from 2,000 – 5,500 words  and address subjects of interest to the air traffic community. Letters to the editor, book reviews, and short commentaries will also be considered.

Please submit articles as Microsoft Word files as email attachments. Submissions should include separate files for artwork (photos, graphs, charts, etc.) and a brief bio (no more than 250 words) of the author. All images should be a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

The Journal of Air Traffic Control follows Chicago style. For complete references, please consult The Chicago Manual of Style. However, please embrace the oxford comma in your submission.

Articles will be considered for publication throughout the calendar year. If accepted, the managing editor will determine the Journal issue in which the article will appear and notify you as such. Every author will have one opportunity to proof their article.

Want to work behind the scenes? Join ATCA's Publications Committee!

The committee meets quarterly for telecons to suggest articles, discuss industry topics, and potential authors. Contact or Kristen Knott at to get involved.

Want to advertise in the Journal? Checkout the media kit here.

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