How a Control Tower Keeps an Airline Flying Cali Lewis August 10, 2012 Episodes 1 Comment 63 Shares Google+ 1 Twitter 46 Facebook 12 LinkedIn 4 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 63 Shares × Keeping an Airline Moving When a plane lands, it needs to have a ramp assigned so pilots know exactly where to park. People in the tower keep an eye on this whole moving puzzle that involves planes coming in from all over. Lasers Replacing Marshaling Flags No more marshaling and wing walking (the guys on the pavement that used to tell the pilots where to move and park). American’s operations at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport now do all that with laser measurements and automated systems. Tower Manager’s Station The tower manager keeps an eye on everything, from incoming traffic to weather (even predicting the weather), so that there are no unnecessary delays for flights. View From the Tower Roof There’s no view like the one from the roof of the control tower. You can see for twenty miles, across an area the size of Manhattan at DFW. One Response Bruce R. (BPR639geek) August 12, 2012 Amazing!!! So complicated, yet so much in control, didn’t look like much talking goes on in the tower, good thing I guess. What I always wondered is what would happen if some or that entire super cool tech goes dark, how would they handle all the AP activities?