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ATC: The Unsung Heroes of Aviation

I don’t usually blog about my work but in some instances work does brings me to cool places. One of it is a control tower in an airport. I was at the tower of Malaysia’s busiest airport with my division colleagues to learn about some matters on air traffic.

As it was a working visit, it was pretty much discussion and taking notes hence very little time to take photos despite having my DSLr with me. Nevertheless enjoy some of the nice views:

The tower stood tall at 130-metre (425ft) being one of the tallest air traffic control tower in the world.

Offering the best unobstructed views of the airport surrounding.

Pan Pacific Hotel in the middle, car park to the right and RWY 14L/32R at the back

Inside the tower, it is 24×7 serious business. Professionalism at its best.

Real-time technology provides enhancement to existing tools being used by ATC

I was amazed by the capabilities of the controllers. Not only they are all friendly they are also superb at multi-tasking skills, mathematical and probabilistic reasoning skills, excellent short and long term memory, and above-average spatial skills.

In the end, it’s just another day at work.

Although these posters provide continuous reminders on how serious the job is.

I feel safer knowing that the traffic management for flights in Malaysia are in safe hands 🙂

One for the album.


  1. Butterfly92 March 18, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Wow. nice view. cun!

  2. zara March 26, 2010 at 9:13 am

    the tallest air traffic control tower in the world? i x berkesempatan naik atas tu wpun i pernah attached with DCA about 4 years! 😀

  3. calvin_ng April 21, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Wow they use Sun Microsystem very reliable piece of hardware!!!!

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