Thursday, January 21, 2010

FAA Sends Temporary Air Traffic Control Tower To Haiti

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has sent a portable, temporary control tower to Haiti to help assist with aircraft operations at Port-au-Prince International Airport. It will take FAA technicians about 48 hours to install and prepare it for service.

“This tower is a visible representation of the Department’s contribution to our government’s swift and considerable efforts to help Haiti deal with this terrible tragedy,” said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. “We had great support from the military in arranging for the transport of this critical equipment.”

The portable tower is 44 feet long, 13 feet high and eight feet wide and weighs about 25,000 pounds. It comes with two diesel-powered generators and supporting fuel tanks plus tools and other support equipment for installation and maintenance. The FAA uses this tower and others like it to support airports where existing towers are out of service after a disaster, like a major hurricane.

Controllers providing terminal air traffic control services have worked outside at a folding table, using military radios to handle about 160 flights a day because the airport’s control tower was damaged by the January 12 earthquake.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why does it take so long for the FAA to install a mobile control tower iin 48 hours. The Air National Guard and Moblity were trained to install a TSW-7 in 8 hours and mobile radar in 16 hours. Where is the military assets?