Calgary Opens New ATC Control Tower

Calgary ATC WorkstationAir traffic controllers at Calgary International Airport (IATA: YYC) are handling flights from a new air traffic control tower.  At over 300 feet (91m) high (270 feet (82m) at eye level in the cab), it is the highest free-standing tower of its kind in Canada.
Rudy Kellar, NAV CANADA Executive Vice President, Service Delivery commented: “Construction of the new Calgary tower was necessary to address changes that are taking place as part of the Calgary Airport Authority’s $2 billion development programme.  Its height allows optimal sight lines onto the new 14,000-ft (4,267m) parallel runway that is scheduled to be opened in May 2014.  This will ensure that safety and customer service are maintained and will position us for future growth.”
Air traffic controllers officially moved into the new facility on May 27.  The new cab is roomier and has eight operational positions for air traffic controllers compared to five in the old tower.  The new tower’s height will give controllers’ the ability to view holding bays, taxiways, approach and departure paths and airborne traffic patterns.
“Our sight lines have improved markedly,” says Wayne Nyman, Manager of Calgary Tower. “They also represent a 180-degree change in perspective compared to the old tower, so controllers underwent simulation training well in advance to become accustomed to this difference.”
“The new control tower is an essential component of the Runway Development Project,” says Garth Atkinson, President and CEO, Calgary Airport Authority. “We are delighted to have NAV CANADA in the new facility and working with us to bring the new runway online.”
The Control Tower building also houses a technical operations maintenance centre for onsite technologists to perform maintenance and repairs, when necessary, on NAV CANADA’s navigational aids and other equipment at YYC.