Alternate tower frequency

Jason spent 24 years as an air traffic controller at Los Angeles Center, and recently moved east to work in DC in the Airspace office as an air traffic subject matter expert. He is a Sport Pilot, owns a Rans S12XL E-LSA, and got his >87 knot endorsement so he can rent a C162. He's here to answer your questions about ATC procedures and rules, in a strictly unofficial capacity.

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flykp
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Alternate tower frequency

Postby flykp » Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:57 pm

What is the specific reason for an alternate tower frequency and when would I use it?

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Re: Alternate tower frequency

Postby Flocker » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:14 am

flykp wrote:What is the specific reason for an alternate tower frequency and when would I use it?


Someone flying in the vicinity, on frequency, with a stuck/open mic would be one reason I would use it.

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Re: Alternate tower frequency

Postby Merlinspop » Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:59 am

Flocker wrote:
flykp wrote:What is the specific reason for an alternate tower frequency and when would I use it?


Someone flying in the vicinity, on frequency, with a stuck/open mic would be one reason I would use it.

Also if Tower is working an emergency on the main freq.
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Re: Alternate tower frequency

Postby 3Dreaming » Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:00 pm

It could be as simple as to much traffic. During high traffic times they may use 2 controllers coordinating traffic from different sides of the airport. Anyway listen to ATIS, and it will likely tell you if the alternate frequency is in use.


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