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posted: 7/29/2011 3:00 PM

Images: Inside the FAA's Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora

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National Weather Service Meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss works in the weather center of the FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.
  National Weather Service Meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss works in the weather center of the FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Controller Brad Wilcko of Oswego works on simulations in the training room of the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.
  Controller Brad Wilcko of Oswego works on simulations in the training room of the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss works in the weather center of the facility.
  Meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss works in the weather center of the facility.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Traffic Management Unit manager Jon Hubbard discusses what his units does at the FAA's Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.
  Traffic Management Unit manager Jon Hubbard discusses what his units does at the FAA's Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
The entrance sign to the U.S. Department of Transportation's FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.
  The entrance sign to the U.S. Department of Transportation's FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Ben Deubelbeiss works in the weather center.
  Ben Deubelbeiss works in the weather center.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
The Federal Aviation Administration emblem in the entryway of the Aurora Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center.
  The Federal Aviation Administration emblem in the entryway of the Aurora Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Brad Wilcko works on simulated flights in the training room in the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.
  Brad Wilcko works on simulated flights in the training room in the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
The U.S. Department of Transportation's FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.
  The U.S. Department of Transportation's FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
Jon Hubbard works in the Traffic Management Unit.
  Jon Hubbard works in the Traffic Management Unit.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
A computer monitor in the Traffic Management Unit at the facility shows every controlled flight over the United States.
  A computer monitor in the Traffic Management Unit at the facility shows every controlled flight over the United States.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
A computer monitor shows the controlled flights over the middle and northeastern United States.
  A computer monitor shows the controlled flights over the middle and northeastern United States.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
This unassuming building in Aurora houses the U.S. Department of Transportation's FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center.
  This unassuming building in Aurora houses the U.S. Department of Transportation's FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
The entryway to the U.S. Department of Transportation's FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.
  The entryway to the U.S. Department of Transportation's FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
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