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Anybody Ever Had An ATC Facility Tour?  
User currently offlineSocalatc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 527 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

I just wanted to know how many of you have been up in a air traffic control facility IE: Tower, Center, TRACON, FSS.

If so, How did you like it? What did you like about it? What didn't you like about it? What would you like to see happen different next time?

You reply will help me with what I do next time when I have a group come up.

Thanks a lot.

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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3266 times:

I had one about a month ago at EMA for my 16th Birthday and it was the best present ever. It was absolutely amazing - I've never seen anything like it before. The guy that took me around showed me in the radar control room where I could see all the aircraft in a 50 mile radius of EMA and then we went up into the tower. I just loved every minute of it. There wasn't a single thing I disliked about it.

Thanks to Pete Garrard and the rest of the ATC team at EMA!

DC-10


User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3234 times:

Last summer while I was working on my PPL at ERAU, my flight instructor, two others, and myself got stuck in Gainesville, FL for several hours while waiting for weather to pass. He took us over to the Gainesville FSS, and they happily showed us around and showed us the operation and explained the many different work stations and the purpose of each.

We saw one guy have a conversation with a business jet who was being vectored all over the place, and in the least direct method, becuase of the summertime weather. They called up to ask what might be the best way around the weather. It was neat to see that.

I must say it was definitely a good experience, especially when working on the PPL. I guess it really let me see that the people on the other side of the radio are really human beings, since up to then I had a slight case of mike fright, for fear that the big ATC controllers and FSS's and their almighty powers would do something evil to me if I were to screw up. That really helped me realize that they are really just there to help you along your way.

Since then I am very comfortable with talking over the radios, sometimes being conversationalistic when the controllers aren't busy. The controllers, I'm sure everywhere, but at least here in Daytona can definitly have a good time on the radios when they are able, but also serious when the workload is high, and I feel that makes me especially comfortable.

It was a very good experience, and something I would recommend to anyone who hasn't visited a place like that before. It at least is a very good idea to take student pilots to see a facility so they have some idea of who they are in contact with.

CVG777


User currently offlineCytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3215 times:

Students at Toronto City Centre Airport get a tour of the tower as part of the ground school classes. I remember going up there, but it was after a total of 2 classes and 0 air time, so I couldn't appreciate it as much as I would have been able to later during training.

I do remember seeing the radar screen, with the one or two small planes around downtown and then the solid line on aircraft on a 25-mile final to YYZ!


User currently offlinePlaneMad From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 533 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3207 times:

I have been to LHR control tower and Swanwixk control center. They were both excellent but i prefered LHR control tower.

User currently offlineApurnicus From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

I earned my PPL through Multi-Instrument at KOAK (Oakland International Airport). When I was working on my single-engine IFR ticket, my instructor took our class to Bay Approach TRACON (now called Nor Cal Approach and subsequently moved to a different location). The controllers were very informative. I was able to listen in while my ATC-mentor vectored planes into KSFO. It was a great learning experience and I feel it has improved my function in and around busy airspace. I strongly suggest that every pilot make a visit to the local ATC facility.

As an aside, my ATC-mentor suggest I buy a tranceiver (which I did) and listen in. Once your ears are tuned in, you can figure out how to communicate effectively.

Practice safe flying, use your checklists.
Apurnicus


User currently offlineV2fix From New Zealand, joined Mar 2003, 368 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3174 times:

I worked at Heathrow and West Drayton commissioning NAFTAS, the ATC system of London local ATC.

One of the best projects I have ever worked on. Seeing the systems and people cope with the workload was very impressive. Remembers average distanceses, height and time between aircraft are just that - averages.

All very demanding at times.




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User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2698 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3166 times:

I toured Bangor FSS when I flew up to BGR in a Mooney. The people working there seemed like a bunch of moles who had seen light for the first time in months when we walked in. I don't think they got many visitors, especially in the winter! But they were glad to show us around.

I also have been up in the tower at ASH, which is just a class D 2-person operation, but there is radar now. I'd like to get a tour of MHT with some friends that did last year if they can arrange it.

Nick


User currently offlineSkymileman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3151 times:

Yes, a few years back, my dad got a tour for myself and some of my friends at peak time at Billings-Logan. It was fascinating. The tower is a busy place!

User currently offlineAccidentally From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3132 times:
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As soon as, and if, theyre ever allowed in the US again, I've got one set up for PHL.


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User currently offlineSocalatc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

As soon as they are allowed?? Where did you get that information? Although they are more strict about who is let up and at what time you can still get in. For the most part here in the US you must me a US citizen and have ID. Just get into contact with the facility manager and he will let you know what is going on. I would suggest that you do not try and get into a busy Class B airport, You will probably not be successful in trying to get into there. But a nice class Delta should do you just fine. Leave the big guys alone for a while, they are pretty stressed out, and are under very strict security measures

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

Many, many times: all pre 9/11. I'll try to list them all (west to east): SEA, SFO, LAX, SAN, ONT, LAS, PHX, DEN (Stapleton), ELP, DFW, IAH, MCI, STL, ORD, MKE, MEM, HSV, PNS, ATL, CLT, JAX, DAB, MCO, TPA, FLL, and MIA. I might have missed one or two. Back in the day, all it took was either an airport ID badge or a simple interest in the tower. Most times the controllers were happy to have visitors.

Of course, working at MSY for almost 17 years, I know most of our ATC, and have spent many, many hours in our tower.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineJblake1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3108 times:

When I was in highschool my Mom arranged through her government contacts a tour of ATC, tower/ground and the entire facility at LAN. It was really neat to see the operation and watch them handle the few flights that Lansing handles.

User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2698 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3099 times:

Accidentally,
How can someone try to get a tour at PHL tower?

Nick


User currently offlineSocalatc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3095 times:

I will admit that it was a lot easier to get in pre 9/11 But we do let people up, just not for too long at a time. And it has to be pre arraigned pretty much the facility manager.



User currently offlineDtw757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1567 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3086 times:

I've been in the tower and approach/departure control at the my closest tower controlled airport-TOL which is Class C airspace.

It's neat to see. I did the tour while working on my instrument rating. It's interesting to put a face with the voices of some of the people you've been talking to on the radios. We flew in and had to talk to the very same people that were going to be giving us the tour. We had a treat that day, the Ohio Air Guard F-16's were taking off.

Is it allowed post 9/11?



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User currently offlineFrontiers4ever From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3082 times:

Although It wasnt a big airport mainly just Cessnas and Pipers the airport did have one certainly special thing about it. RNT or Renton in washington. Both the 737 and the soon to be dead 757's are made there currently. I got to go through the tower and it was fun, a slow day but non the less it was awesome, speciffically because all 737's, 757's, 727's, 707's maiden voyage were from RNT.

-Frontiers4ever



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User currently offlineSocalatc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3069 times:

Yes DTW757,
It is still allowed post 9/11. I suggest the smaller airports, not the large ones. You will have better luck!


User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8269 posts, RR: 23
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3067 times:

I've been in CLE ATCT, PIT ATCT, BKL ATCT, and CLE ARTCC. I've been to Cleveland Center about 20 times since my father works there.


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User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3059 times:

I went up in the Ogden class D tower. There was just one guy in thee at the time but he managed to show my instructor and I around. It was pretty cool inside.

After hat I went and did my solo tower landings.

I have also been invited about three times to go in the Cedar City FSS but still haven't gotten around to it yet.



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User currently offlineA3xx900 From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3046 times:

Last year in july I made a one-week internship with the DFS in MUC. I could be in the center as long as I wished, watch the ATCs do their job and ask all the questions I had and so on. I also visited the control tower once, and, which I liked best, could use the DESIM, a simulator for ATCs.
It was pretty cool and I can only recommend this to everyone interested in the job.

Rene
BTW, I took some nice pics, but they weren't accepted  Sad



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User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

Yes,

I was on a Cadet camp for the summer and for work experience i asked for ATC,
It was at RAF Cottersmore, (Harrier GR-7 base),
They took me all round the place, up in the ATC tower, into TRACON.
I was there for a few days and in that time they gave me a little training, It was really cool lol i had my own station and a instructor with me, lol best RAF visit ever, Im soon going into ATC and cant wait  Big grin


p.kaz


User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3404 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3021 times:

Accidentally: How do you have a tour set up at PHL if ppl are ever allowed back up? I'd love to go up into PHL's new tower between Terminals B and C


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3017 times:

I've been into the following facilities:

Houston Center (ZHU), Ft. Worth AFSS, Ft. Worth Alliance Tower (AFW), College Station Easterwood Tower (CLL), Houston Hooks Tower (DWH), Houston George Bush Intercontinental Tower (IAH), Kelly/Lackland AFB Tower (SKF). I've also been up in Delta's ramp tower at DFW.



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User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17510 posts, RR: 45
Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2998 times:

I've visited the new control tower at JFK (whoa) and the control tower at PBI, where the controller and I argued whether the aircraft that just landed was an Air Canada 767-200 or an A300. It was obviously a 767, but he wouldn't give up thinking it was an A300=P.


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25 Mir : I visited the tower at Grand Rapids, MI when I was visiting Western Michigan University. Traffic was very slow, so I just talked with the single contr
26 Jsnww81 : When I was seven years old, I got to go up the control tower at Kahului Airport (OGG) on Maui... my aunt was dating an air traffic controller and arra
27 FlySC : Back in 1999 when I was in high school, I had the opportunity to tour the tower facility at CAE in Columbia SC. This was a great experience. The contr
28 FoxBravo : I once visited the tower at JFK (the old one, shortly before it was torn down), many years before 9/11. I was doing a research paper for high school,
29 DLMHT : I visited Boston Center about a year ago, courtesy of a friend of mine that works there. He was working international arrivals that were being handed
30 Airman99o : I managed to get a tour of the new tower in YYZ. What a sight. Saw a couple of my airlines planes land, that was pretty cool. When I was up there ther
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