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ATC Towers Around The World

Discussion in 'Airports & FBO's' started by Jet News, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. Jet News

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    Here is a thread to highlight many of the great towers that grace airports around the world. To start off the thread we will look at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport tower and their radar center. Thanks to Sam Chui we can see behind the scenes of this operation of perhaps the busiest ATC in Europe.

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    Here is the control tower at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Certainly an interesting design and at one point was the tallest ATC tower in the world at 132.2-meters.

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    Brandenburg Airport Control Tower In Berlin.

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    Daxing International Airport Control Tower. Photo Credit www.news.cn

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    New Istanbul International Airport control tower.

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    The iconic Abu Dhabi Control Tower.

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    A look around Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport control tower.

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    Tower Tech!

    The real-time transmission of four-dimensional trajectory data has the incredible potential to greatly improve an aircraft’s trajectory prediction. By reducing the inaccuracy of current air traffic management (ATM) prediction models by approximately 30-40%, the Trajectory Based Operations in 4 Dimensions (4D-TBO) project is helping to pave the way to a more sustainable management of tomorrow’s air traffic.

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    Been on the tower of Hamburg Intl. Airport more than a few times, as this Airport is my home base. But this control tower in the picture is not the Tower of Hamburg International. This is the control tower of Hamburg Finkenwerder Airfield, the Airbus production facility on the other side of the Elbe River. You can see the Elbe river on this picture in the background. The building just in front of the tower is the Airbus delivery center. Hamburg International is located almost downtown Hamburg and about 15 km northeast of Finkenwerder Airfield.

    These guys are never busy. One or the other delivery per day, one or the other test flight and the regular Airbus Beluga aircraft bringing Airbus parts from the other Airbus facilities. The little gras airfield west of Hamburg, called Uetersen has more traffic per day than Finkenwerder Airfield.

    Sorry Ron. I could not resist.


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    That's fine, please do correct me if i'm not 100% accurate. Bare in mind, you are the German resident not me! :)
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    Sorry Ron, I did not post in order to correct You. I was just amused by those lazy sods in their lonely tower, when I saw their breakfest roles on the desk. I could really imagine them spilling their coffee, if an unexpected aircraft would be calling in, just asking for the local QNH :).

    When I compared that picture with the rather large hard working crew on the control tower of the international airport of Hamburg on a normal busy day, it really forced me to that post.

    Hamburg EDDH Tower.jpg

    This is a very interesting thread, as especially we pilots tend to forget our important parntners on the ground, who are playing a vital role on the safe conduction of air traffic around those busy airports.

    Pilots and ATC, those stories could fill books :p. And Ron, I can assure You, on many of those stories, the ATC guys are the winner.

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    This little airfield of Uetersen (EDHE) I have mentioned above, a grass airstrip for aircraft up to 12.500 lbs and gliders has about 35.000 T/O and landings per year. The Airbus airfield has may be 12.000 or less per year :).

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    I fly my gliders and my single engine props out of this field. Those little airfields actually have no tower with official air traffic control, they only have an aviation supervisor with no air traffic control authority. Pilots take off and land on their own discretion. They are normally employed by the local flying clubs or the airfield ownership.

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    This does not mean, those little airfields do not have excellent facilities. Nice restaurants, adequad hangar space, repair and maintenance facilities. etc. But those VFR only, non commercial airfields are fun to fly in and out of. And those "supervisors of flying" are mostly friendly and very helpful persons.

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    And with 35.000 movements per year, they are pretty busy. Will say, it does not have to be always an International airport, to get into the air :).
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    This is the new ATC Tower at Frankfurt Internatiol Airport. Biggest and busiest Airport in Germany but during Corona one could play soccer on the apron.

    ATC Tower Frankfurt Intl. EDDF.jpg
    The old ATC Tower of Frankfurt has been technically updated and is kept in Stby in case of technical shutdowns of the main tower.

    ATC Tower Berlin Brandenburg.jpg
    This is the new ATC tower of Berlin Brandenburg, the endless construction site at our capitol city. Also both ATC Towers are of very similar design (same achitect), the Tower in post 3 seems to be Frankfurt ATC tower.

    The difference is difficult to tell, even for me, havving landed myself on both airports.

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    P.S. And I have to apologize to the ATC guys on the Finkenwerder Tower. On the picture these are NOT there breakast rolls, these are their computer pointing decices (mouse). But I insist on my joke with them spilling their coffee, if an unexpected aircraft calls in :).
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    Actually it is the same tower as what you posted above just a night view of it.