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Mobile Control Towers

Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:39 am

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?
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RE: Mobile Control Towers

Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:53 am

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.
 
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RE: Mobile Control Towers

Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:59 am

KTLR, Mefford Field in Tulare, CA gets one when the World Ag Expo comes every year.
 
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RE: Mobile Control Towers

Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:35 am

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.
 
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RE: Mobile Control Towers

Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:50 am

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.
 
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RE: Mobile Control Towers

Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:06 am

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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RE: Mobile Control Towers

Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:11 am

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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RE: Mobile Control Towers

Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:52 am

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".

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RE: Mobile Control Towers

Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:16 am

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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RE: Mobile Control Towers

Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:45 am

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
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RE: Mobile Control Towers

Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:48 pm

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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RE: Mobile Control Towers

Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:04 am

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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RE: Mobile Control Towers

Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:40 am

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.


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