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Townsville aerodrome tower improvements



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FOR PRESS RAAF PR S 36/. 9/6 3

SUEDAY dTK AUGUST-, 1963 . ' ■

STATELIEST SY THE HONCULARLE DAVID FAIRBAIRIT, DFC KP, MINISTER FOR AIR

TO'TESVILLF AERODRCKE Τσ'ΈΡ IIIPRCVEMEFTS

The minister for-Air, ί-r David Fairbairn, said today that

facilities fcr the control of aircraft at Townsville aerodrome are "being

improved to the standard needed for modern aircraft. A new four-storey -

control "building has "boon "built by the RAAF at a erst of £100,000 and it

is expected that it will be ready for use early in 1964 when it will "be .

equipped with modern control equipment costing €200,000,

■ Responsibility for aircraft control would be shared by RAAF

and civil air traffic control officers,

Kr Fairbairn said officers controlling aircraft in the circuit

area and vehicles and aircraft on the -aerodrome could work sixty feet

rbeve ground in the glass walled cab on top of the building.

Officers controlling aircraft approaching the aerodrome would

r:crk on the floor below the cab, while other floors would house technical

equipment and staff amenities.

Hr Fairbairn sr-id aerodrome controllers would use ground-tc-nir

communications, surface movement communication, aircraft direction finder,

navigation aid monitors and tape recorders.

Approach controllers would use ground-to-air communications,

C-rcund Controlled Approach (GCA) radar, aircraft direction finder and tape

recorders.