Class in a Simulator at ASU Polytechnic!
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My name is Rachel, and today I'm on Arizona State University's beautiful Polytechnic campus inside our simulator building. I am in our state of the art high Fidelity Air Traffic Control Tower simulator. As you see behind me, it simulates a tower cab environment for students to train to be successful air traffic controllers, and this one in particular simulates the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which is pretty cool because that's right in our backyard. I have flown in it out of there so many times, so it's pretty fun to practice on this side of things. So I thought I would just kind of give you a taste of what it's like to attend class in a simulator. So in the typical air traffic control tower environment, there are two main control positions. We have a local controller and the ground controller. The local controller is responsible for issuing takeoff and landing clearances, and the ground controller issues taxi instructions. So today I'll be giving you a little bit of a taste of what it's like to be a local south controller at Phoenix Sky Harbor. I have my frequency selected Southside at Phoenix tower is 1 to 0.9 er and I have my strips down here. So when you're on an airplane, your controller will be looking at something very similar to what I have here. You will have a strip that has your aircraft call sign your aircraft type and some other information as well. So when an aircraft calls me or in the case of a local controller, when I call an aircraft, I will select their strip. Make sure that I have the right one where they're going. Then when I'm done and I have transferred them off to the next frequency, I will simply put their strip to the side. So on my display here, I can see that a BEC 16 57 heavy is my first aircraft in line. So I'm gonna go over here to my strips, gonna find his pull it out, and then I'm going to talk to him. A bec 16 57 heavy Phoenix tower, Runway to five, right. Then we're going to go to see who's next in line and because I've just issued a takeoff clearance. Here's that aircraft that just called me on my radar. He would like to land, so I'm gonna say FedEx 7. Phoenix Tower Runway to five, left clear to land cleared to land runway to five. Can't take off right away because we have another aircraft on the runway. Take it out and I'm going to tell him United 7 30 Heavy Phoenix Tower Runway to five. Mhm. Mm. Now, because we have a heavy aircraft departing, I have to issue a warning to this. FedEx, who's on a rival? FedEx 7 27 caution with turbulence. Heavy Boeing 7 77 departing runway to vibrate bed at 7 27. He's acknowledging that he's heard what I said, and he will be mindful of the wake turbulence. So now that we have our united departed United 7 30 heavy contact departure. Now we have this aircraft that just called me Southwest 21 12. We have this aircraft who is, as you can see, very close to landing on the other runway over there. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Mm. Now, I would like to get this plane that just landed off the runway, so I'm going to say FedEx 7. That gives you a pretty good idea of what I do every single day here at A S. U S Polytechnic campus in the air traffic management program.