February 06, 2014 // Facility Spotlight: Terre Haute ATCT
Adding to a growing list of 100 percent NATCA facilities is Terre Haute, Indiana ATCT (HUF)!
Twenty NATCA members comprise the workforce at this level five tower and approach facility that operates 24-hours.
HUF NATCA Facility Representative Michael Fullenkamp says the 61-year-old, 55-foot tall tower has “its own” airspace: from the Earth’s surface up to 10,000 feet. In addition, Moore County Tower (BMG) falls under HUF’s Class D airspace.
The NATCA members at HUF work with those at Champaign ATCT (CMI), Grissom Air Reserve Base GUS, Indianapolis ATCT (IND), Evansville ATCT (EVV), Indianapolis Center (ZID), and Kansas City Center (ZKC).
The air traffic flying through HUF’s airspace consists mostly of general aviation aircraft and small corporate jets, including those from the Indiana State University Flight School. Additionally, HUF sees some military aircraft as the Indiana Air National Guard Base, home of the 181st Intelligence Wing, is based out of Terre Haute.
Fullenkamp says working at HUF is unique because the tower provides many services that many towers do not.
“This includes but is not limited to ASR (Approach Surveillance Radar) approaches, opposite direction approaches, pattern traffic, and military training.”
A few special events that affect traffic for HUF include Young Eagles and National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) competitions.
Fullenkamp says HUF NATCA hosts pitch-in breakfasts, a holiday party, and is going to try to arrange a summer barbeque to add to their solidarity events.
“The best part of being a FacRep is the experience I’ve gained and relationships I’ve made,” says Fullenkamp.