Published: Wednesday, March 20 2013 2:25 p.m. MDT
When it comes to flying 30,000 feet in the air and at 500 miles an hour, I
don't scrimp to save money.
A control tower is NOT absolutely necessary at either Ogden or Provo airports.
Although it requires more vigilance and attention by pilots, most airports
operate without tower control.Pilots using the airport communicate
with one another using what's called a Common Area Communication Frequency
or UNICOM. Ogden's tower, for example, operates only between the hours of
0600 and 2000 every day. At other times, pilots use UNICOM. That means we
announce our location and intentions while flying a prescribed pattern around
the airport. Other pilots know where to look for us and what we plan to do
next. It works very well.There is no need to push the panic button
over the loss of either of these towers. Unless, of course, you want to do some
political bashing exercises and try to panic voters into thinking your way.
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