|Air Traffic Control Tower||
The control tower at the Walla Walla Regional Airport is part of the federal contract tower program with ATC Services provided by Serco Management Services, Inc., a division of Serco Group, plc. one of the world's leading and most admired service companies. The Air Traffic Control staff at ALW has experience controlling military and civilian aircraft in locations from as far away as Midway Island, the Persian Gulf and McMurdo Station in Antarctica to locations closer to home such as, Whidbey Island, Fallon Nevada and many airports in between.
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The controllers at ALW are available to answer questions, address concerns or to simply talk "shop". A packet containing locally produced "Tower Tips", "Hot Spots" and runway safety items is available for the asking. The packet is designed for student pilots, but is useful to everyone.
Tower Tours are available depending on the current security condition. Tours must be coordinated in advance with the Air Traffic Manager. Tour participants must be U.S. Citizens.
MONTHLY TOWER TIPS
Reporting the final approach fix inbound is a call that pilots repeatedly forget to make. The final approach phase is one of those times when pilot workload is high; configuring the airplane for landing, slowing to final approach speed and making sure the gear is down and locked. Not to mention it may be the last leg of the day, or the end of a long flight.
Have you ever wondered why ATC wants you to report the final approach fix inbound? Here are a couple of reasons that might get your attention and help you think about why it is important to remember to make the call the next time ATC tells you to the final approach fix:
Remembering to comply with ATC's reporting instructions is a safety related call. These position reports can be even more important when the tower is closed or at non-towered airports. The crew plowing the snow at midnight don't want to be surprised by you when you break out of the clouds at 300' just as much as you don't want to see them plowing snow off of the centerline of the runway you expected to land on.
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