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Cecil Miller Publishes Aviation Memoir “Aviation & Air Traffic Control”

The book will surely delight aviation buffs and plane spotters.


A touching account of life mostly spent in air traffic control and a wonderful brief on the dual history of aviation and air traffic control.

“Aviation & Air Traffic Control” (2018) by Cecil Miller makes a great book to read while waiting for one’s flight (to be announced or to land) or in the plane. Written by a retired air traffic controller, the memoir blends personal accounts with a history of aviation.

In Aviation & Air Traffic Control,” the author writes about his Air Force service (1955-1959), being assigned to Edwards Air Force Base. After his discharge from the Air Force, he joined the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where he remained for 30 years, working in the control towers at Indianapolis, Lansing, Kansas City International, and Dallas/ Fort Worth (DFW). He also worked at the FAA Headquarters in D.C. and provided support for the air traffic control Futuristic Branch. He retired in 2013. After a while, he decided to write his book.

The author does more than just regales readers with his stories and memories of his 58-year career in air traffic control. He also provides readers with a bit of aviation history, starting from the Wright brothers and covering the early days of the airplane manufacturers, airplanes, the beginning of airmail and air traffic control, pilot heroes during war, test pilots, the Jet Age, X-Planes (experimental aircraft), the Century Series jets, the first jet airlines, and the Race to Space.

“My book would be an interesting read for anyone,” the author said. “They would learn a lot of things. Anybody connected to aviation, history lovers, and especially historians.”

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Aviation & Air Traffic Control
Author | Cecil Miller
Published date | December 29, 2018
Publisher | Independently published
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Author Bio
Cecil Miller was born on December 8, 1937 in a farmhouse in Indiana. He had three siblings and was the youngest member of the household. He can still recall a few memories of home. He remembers spending time on a creek that runs along the property line. At age five, he went to school. His oldest Brother, Joed, helped him tie his shoes and eventually taught him how to do it. They walked a graveled path to a culvert and he would practice tying his shoelaces underneath it. When World War II broke out, he could still recall airplanes flying in formation and the frequent blackouts. His father was worried that the draft board might enlist him because they were only tenant farmers. The rest of Cecil’s story can be read in his book. Throughout the text of his book, he used the male gender but according to him, the person on either side of the mic-to-mic communications may be female because, in aviation, there is no gender differentiation.

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