Gate to Gate - Video Presentation

Introduction - Overview of this FAA & NASA project.
Joel the narrator introduces himself - Joel follows you through the program with a little humor and introduces each section.

Preflight

Intro - Joel as a baggage handler discusses this section
ATC Positions - Clearance Delivery & Ground Control duties explained
Equipment - Tools used in towers, ex: Binoculars, ATIS

Takeoff

Intro - Joel as a passenger discusses this section.
ATC Positions - Local Control duties explained.
Equipment - Discusses ASDE briefly and what the controllers are looking for in the tower.

Departure

Intro - Joel as the co-pilot discusses this section.
ATC Positions - Departure Controller duties explained.
Equipment - Discusses Transponders and how it is used.

Enroute

Intro - Joel as flight attendant discusses this section
ATC Positions- Centers explained.
Equipment - Traffic Management Advisor (TMA) explained.

Descent

Intro - Joel as flight attendant discusses this section.
ATC Positions - Further explanation of Center Sectors and how they relate to TRACON.
Equipment - Further Explains the TMA more in depth.

Approach

Intro - Joel as the co-pilot again, discusses this section.
ATC Positions - Approach Controller duties explained.
Equipment - Explains FAST or Final Approach Spacing Tool used a some airports.

Landing

Intro - Joel as a passenger again discusses this section.
ATC Positions - Tower Controller and Ground Controller duties explained.
Equipment - Explains ASDE or Airport Surface Detection Equipment more in depth.


San Francisco Virtual Tower - This is not a movie, but rather like standing in one place and looking around. By placing your mouse cursor in the image and moving it around you can scroll and look around at different area of the tower and airport.

    Also, there is a "?" on the bottom of the viewer, if you click on this and find a "hotspot" you have found a link to a whole new image. It takes you from in the tower to out on the catwalk, and then you can of course go back by finding another hotspot. you can also just click around as you scroll and you will find them with a little looking.

    Of course once on the catwalk you can not see all of the airport since the tower is blocking it. Go back into the tower and pick a different window to click on, it will take you to a different part of the catwalk where you can see other parts of the airport.

    One last feature, you can zoom in and out with the "+" "-" buttons on the screen, or your shift and CTRL keys on the keyboard.

    Be patient and you will find this worth the effort if you have never been in a tower before.