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User currently offlineiFlyLOTs From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 491 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3326 times:

Hi all,
This weekend NASCAR comes to Chicago, and like every other year the FAA brings in a mobile control tower to Lewis University Airport and operates it as a Class D airport for the majority of the week.
So my questions are: Where else do they use the mobile control towers? And how many do they have?
-Kyle


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User currently offline26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 837 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3319 times:

KUOX, Oxford, MS uses a mobile tower on football weekends. Going there this Friday in a GLEX for Ol' Miss v. Texas. Traffic pattern is amature hour at its worst and probably the most dangerous thing we do all year.

User currently offlinefat-g4 From United States of America, joined Sep 2011, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3312 times:

KTLR, Mefford Field in Tulare, CA gets one when the World Ag Expo comes every year.

User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3260 times:

The ultimate in temporary ATC control setup has to be at Oshkosh every year.

The mobile towers I've seen are modified trailers. They are not tall because they have to be towed down highways. The FAA probably has one or two in each major region.


User currently offlinekpc777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3249 times:

I was in Haiti,Port au Prince, about a day after the earthquake and the US military was using a table near the taxi way as the "tower". It was quite a site. The FAA brought in their trailer a few days later.

User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10107 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3205 times:
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Is this a mobile ATC in the following photo? It's been at TOA since at least January, when I first took a photo of it. I assume they're doing renovations to the main tower. Looks like it's mounted up on top of a building or trailer or something:

http://www.vksphoto.com/Airplanes/Airports-Runways/Southern-California-Airports/i-DDQnwWt/0/X2/IMG4756-X2.jpg



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User currently offlineiFlyLOTs From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3204 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 5):
Is this a mobile ATC in the following photo?

Yes it is. And to answer your question, it is a trailer that seems to be on top of a building. At Lewis there's a mound of dirt from past runway construction that they put it on top of because the trailer itself isn't tall enough to view the entire airport.



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User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1205 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3173 times:
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I guess at airshows that are held "off airport", such as the CIAS which is held over Lake Ontario just off the CNE grounds must bring in a mobile unit to control the "acts".

Scooter01



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6411 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

A mobile ATC tower was used at SEA for several weeks in 2001 following the Nisqually earthquake. The quake blew out the windows in the tower cab...


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User currently offlinestealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5715 posts, RR: 44
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3156 times:
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The first couple of years of the Austalian Grand Prix in Adelaide there was quite an intense amount of air activity, almost a full on airshow as well as the ground activities. The CAA (Predecessor dept to CASA & Air Services Australia) located a portable control tower similar to the one in reply 5 on top of a Hospital near the track


If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
User currently offline9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 724 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3092 times:
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I've seen a military variant that uses a scissors-jack to lift the entire trailer up. Think catering truck height or above. Naturally, it has some very strong stabilisers...


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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6411 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2945 times:

Quoting 9VSIO (Reply 10):
I've seen a military variant that uses a scissors-jack to lift the entire trailer up. Think catering truck height or above. Naturally, it has some very strong stabilisers...

Hmmm, when the Air National Guard set up a temporary control tower at the local (normally uncontrolled) airfield, they just had a couple of guys sitting at a table (at ground level!), with a pavilion tent over it, and radios and some sort of screen that gave them ATC radar feeds...



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User currently offlinebond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5428 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2907 times:

The FAA airlifted a mobile ATC tower to Haiti, via An-124, after the earthquake there in 2010. Apparently the first time one had ever been shipped outside of the USA.


Jimbo



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