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« on: March 22, 2007, 01:10:56 AM »

Did 9/11 take all the fun out of visiting an ATC facility.   I always wanted to see an air traffic control tower.. I work at an airport and have all the proper clearances.  Is there an established process for visiting a tower/ tracon etc.?
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2007, 02:41:53 AM »

In Melbourne Australia, as a private pilot I have flown in twice for a visit to the Tower.
They have been very accommodating, a visit to the the non tower facilities, radar positions for souther Australia and then one hour or more in the tower cab.

It has to be pre-arranged, but flyers and non flyers alike come away impressed to the max.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2007, 07:03:41 AM »

Here's what I understand but I am no expert.

ATCT/TRACON etc is owned by the FAA, so those with the appropriate FAA clearances are permitted, I've been up once, I just called and asked.

At JFK for example, one guy I know who works there told me you used to be able to get up there with just an airport ID but now the FAA want you on thier books.

Look up for appropriate facility in the phone book under DoT or FAA and gim' a call.

I heard once when some new airline landed at JFK for the first time, the controllers invited the pilots to visit them.

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2007, 08:09:33 AM »

Did 9/11 take all the fun out of visiting an ATC facility.   I always wanted to see an air traffic control tower.. I work at an airport and have all the proper clearances.  Is there an established process for visiting a tower/ tracon etc.?

Speaking for Syracuse, NY, a class C airport with a tower and approach facility, yes you can take a pre-arranged, escorted tour of the facility.  To arrange this, you would call the tower supervisor  a few weeks ahead of time and decide upon a mutually convenient day to do this.  I am not sure if any "joe" off the street can do this, but certainly student pilots or anyone associated with the airport would be approved.

If you work at the airport, you should have no problem getting the phone number of the tower supervisor to arrange this.  Otherwise, for those student pilots looking to do this at a nearby larger airport, ask the local FBO or local flight instructors if they have this number.
 
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2007, 09:39:24 AM »

Thanks bunches.. That does help
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2007, 01:36:34 PM »

I'll add to this. And as a disclaimer, I am not a pilot (yet), or controller.

I was honored to be able to visit both NorCal TRACON and Sacramento Int'l Tower a year or so ago with Inigo and a couple of other people. All we had to do was Give them a call a couple of weeks out, and work out a date and time for a tour.

I was also able to visit Omaha Tower and R90 TRACON when I went home to visit my parents. Once again, a simple call telling them who I am, and if they have available time, could I have a tour. They agreed, and off I went.

Next on the plate: L30.

Operation Raincheck is still around, so you could reference that, but be prepared to answer some questions if you do. Google for that, and you should find out all you need on that.

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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2007, 01:59:55 PM »

Yes you can visit. Just let me know if you want the number. I have the phone numbers for every facility in the United States.
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2007, 02:19:59 PM »

Can you get me KPIT??
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2007, 05:11:34 PM »

I've visited the C90 TRACON in Elgin, IL back in 2005. I had to be cleared well in advance, and I was told that the clearance had to come directly from Washington, but everything worked out well, and I was given a tour for about 2 hours, I had a chance to visit the ops room and hang out with bunch of great folks there. For what is worth, I am not a US Citizen, but I'm an Air traffic Controller at Skopje Airport, so I guess that's why I got the approval to visit.

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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2007, 07:48:57 PM »

i was told it  by one of my sups that it depents on the security code at the time if folks are able to tour,if you know a controller its much easer to get in.
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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2007, 07:55:14 PM »

i was told it  by one of my sups that it depents on the security code at the time if folks are able to tour,if you know a controller its much easer to get in.

This may be true as well. Of the 4 places I've been, the security level was all at the same level. Not that this is wrong, but just can't be proven otherwise.

I do have to admit that I was surprised to get the nod to visit R90, as it is at Offutt AFB. I've been on base many times before, but not to the TRACON. I definitely didn't know anyone there..

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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2010, 09:38:37 AM »

Although it is rather a long time since this topic was posted I dare to bring it up again, because I need your help. I am a German Ph.D. student and I am writing a doctoral thesis regarding "Flight communication: deviation from ICAO standard."
I always listen to liveatc.net and now I wanted to know if anyone of you is able to give me an advice who I might contact at JFK tower and ask if it is possible to visit the tower. I have some (many... smiley) questions regarding the procedures there and it would be great to come to the US and visit JFK.. Does anyone know the responsible persons there or anyone whos job is Public relations or so? Thank you for your help!
Martina 
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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2010, 01:32:22 PM »

Check your PMs.
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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2010, 03:01:35 PM »

Dear aevins,
THANK YOU!!!!!! Many Greetings from Stuttgart!!!!
Martina  smiley
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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2010, 11:56:23 PM »

This is all well and good, but I am neither a controller or pilot.  I am just a geeky chap that has taken a liking to listening in on the fast-paced environment of my local ATC facilities (mainly ORD Tower).  So, how does someone with no logical connection to the industry convince a facility to allow him/her to visit?
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