Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Air Traffic Control

I was recently part of a group of Charlotte EAA Chapter 309 pilots that were given a two hour tour of the the Charlotte/Douglas Airport Control Tower and the TRACON facilities. We first received a complete briefing on how the ATC systems works. We were then escorted in smaller groups and were able to learn the details of what is involved at the Charlotte facility. We all were very impressed and want to thank the supervisors and individual controllers that made our visit something that we will never forget. A special treat for me was to see my friend Scott in the tower, the former owner of my airplane. He has over 20 years experience in ATC and was on duty in the LaGuardia Airport Tower on the day of 911 - let us never forget!

This video will give you a good idea of what we saw.