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djmodifyd
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« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2010, 02:03:15 AM »

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?

right now you can't...due to the kid in the jfk tower incident.

no tours in the operational area without a "connection" with the faa.

essentially you have to be an FAA employee and have a reason to tour.
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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2010, 09:31:09 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?

Unfortunately, it looks doubtful at this point. I had to read some notice last week that nobody is allowed to visit anymore. There are downsides to kids in towers!
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« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2010, 12:21:31 AM »

...and now, I shall cry like a kid.... cry
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« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2010, 09:12:06 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?

Unfortunately, it looks doubtful at this point. I had to read some notice last week that nobody is allowed to visit anymore. There are downsides to kids in towers!

Is that  a definite ruling or only a temporary thing till the investigation of the controller who brought his child up to the tower is complete?
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« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2010, 11:33:47 AM »

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?

Unfortunately, it looks doubtful at this point. I had to read some notice last week that nobody is allowed to visit anymore. There are downsides to kids in towers!

Is that  a definite ruling or only a temporary thing till the investigation of the controller who brought his child up to the tower is complete?


the genot was for 90 days...that was from a couple weeks ago.
don't know if after the 90 days the ban is lifted...or something more permanent will be implemented.
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« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2010, 02:13:36 PM »

Myself and 3 other friends are visiting an east coast TRACON in late April. I fully expected it to be canceled, having heard of countless other visits being axed all over the country.

However, we got word a few days ago from the facility ATM that the tour was still a go.  We've elected not to ask many questions about the how's and why's. Instead, we're just very greatful, and slightly slack-jawed.

Once the tour is done, I'll certainly have some questions, though!
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« Reply #21 on: June 14, 2010, 06:36:58 PM »

can you get me the number for KMSN please
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« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2010, 10:32:01 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?

Unfortunately, it looks doubtful at this point. I had to read some notice last week that nobody is allowed to visit anymore. There are downsides to kids in towers!

Is that  a definite ruling or only a temporary thing till the investigation of the controller who brought his child up to the tower is complete?


the genot was for 90 days...that was from a couple weeks ago.
don't know if after the 90 days the ban is lifted...or something more permanent will be implemented.

Okay.. doing a bit of math here, and let's assume that the 'couple of weeks ago' goes back from Christopher's post. That would make it March 9th. Well, 91 days from there was June 8th. So that GENOT should either have been lifted, or extended. Any ATC here want to check into that?

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« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2010, 05:25:32 AM »

Where I'm at visitors are allowed and I've yet to hear anything about the GENOT being extended.  Of course everything has to be approved first, you can't just walk in and visit.  Best way to find out is to contact the facility you want to visit and ask.
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« Reply #24 on: June 16, 2010, 01:09:55 PM »

Unfortunately, the ban is still on.

It does look like it will be lifted this summer though!  grin

I know about 6 tower controllers, and I have been in one DELTA airspace, and I'm first on the list for a CHARLIE my friend works at.

I know the ATM and DATM of RSW, and the ban is still on unfortunately.
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« Reply #25 on: June 17, 2010, 02:30:47 PM »

You might have better luck visiting a military tower or approach control.  Just takes knocking on the door here.  A few weeks ago they shoehorned about 12 boy scouts into our tower.
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