FAA sends temporary Air Traffic Control tower to Haiti

The US FAA has sent a portable control tower to Haiti.

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January 22: The US Federal Aviation Administration has sent a portable, temporary control tower to Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport in Haiti to help with the dramatic concentration of airlift operations into the island.
FAA technicians hope to get the ATC tower operational within 48 hours of it arriving in Haiti – “This tower is a visible representation of the Department of Transportation’s (DoT) 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 25,000lbs. It comes with two diesel-powered generators and supporting fuel tanks, plus tools and other support equipment. 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.
So far controllers providing air traffic control services at Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport have worked outside at a folding table, using military radios to handle about 160 flights a day as the airport’s control tower was rendered unusable by the earthquake on January 12.