Grand Rapids Approach Signs Off

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  • Grand Rapids Approach Signs Off

    Grand Rapids Approach made its final transmission when it closed on Tuesday- as did Muskegon Approach an hour earlier. The two approaches are now sectors in Great Lakes Approach, located in Kalamazoo. This consolidation continues on June 12 when Flint, Lansing, and Saginaw approaches also move to AZO. Once completed, Michigan will have just two FAA approach controls - the busy one in Detroit and the big one in Kalamazoo.

    This project has been discussed in one form or another for 30 years; it's hard to believe it's finally happening.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Todd Alfes View Post
    been discussed in one form or another for 30 years; it's hard to believe it's finally happening.
    Chuckle, can recall the many instrument approaches we shot while talking to them at North Central and then Northwest - so nany years ago!

    best, randy

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    • #3
      Interesting. I'd expect we'll see more of it around the country. Unlike the towers, it is hard to make the argument that you have to look out the windows. And -- I know they are working on remote tower projects too.

      The world really turned upside down once salaries and benefits started to greatly outweigh cost of equipment, etc.

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      • #4
        How long before it's "Alexa, Flight 123 requests landing"?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by John O'Shaughnessy [FCM
          ;n11519]Interesting. I'd expect we'll see more of it around the country. Unlike the towers, it is hard to make the argument that you have to look out the windows. And -- I know they are working on remote tower projects too.

          The world really turned upside down once salaries and benefits started to greatly outweigh cost of equipment, etc.
          I remember an approach controller telling a pilot that "it's always IFR in here."
          Former Beta Tester XM-26 Tow
          48th AHC 1971-72

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          • #6
            The world really turned upside down once salaries and benefits started to greatly outweigh cost of equipment, etc.
            NATCA has milking these consolidations down to a fine art. I'll bet everyone now under the roof at AZO got a raise even though they're working exactly the same traffic they were before.

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