Air Traffic Controllers tour Phoenix Sky Harbor Tower

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  • By Airman 1st Class Mason Hargrove
  • 56th Fighter Wing

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Members of the 56th Operation Support Squadron toured Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s air traffic control tower, Feb. 12, 2024, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The purpose of the visit was to foster partnership and gain insight into the relationship that their operations share, ensuring seamless communication between the ATC towers of Luke Air Force Base and Phoenix Sky Harbor.

“We need to preserve our relationship with Phoenix [Sky Harbor] as the number of general aviation aircraft expands,” said Master Sgt. David Trott, 56th Operation Support Squadron radar approach control assistant chief. “Understanding their operations and fostering open communication channels is essential for safety in our shared airspace.”

Luke AFB operates in one of America’s busiest metropolitan areas, resulting in a mix of general, commercial, and military aviation that presents complex challenges for air traffic controllers.

“As air traffic controllers, we are responsible for separating this dynamic mix of civilian and military aircraft,” said Trott. “Our missions ensure the safe and efficient flow of air traffic throughout the metro area.”

The partnership between Luke AFB and Phoenix Sky Harbor is essential to address and mitigate challenges within the complex airspace, quickly and effectively.

“It’s great to have Luke Airmen here to see what we do every day,” said Brandon Esquer, Phoenix Sky Harbor ATC tower facility president. “It helps us communicate better and build stronger partnerships for the future.”

Luke AFB and Phoenix Sky Harbor collaborate to advance partnerships and improve air traffic control operations over the city of Phoenix.