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By Paul Van Brunt
CFII MEI FAAST Team Representative 

Control Tower vs Non-Towered


November 1, 2020

Whether you fly in a towered environment or non-towered, the two are very different and require you to be aware of other traffic. While the towered environment is much more controlled, you still have to observe and avoid. Non-towered does not have someone setting things up for you or giving you advisories of who, what, and where there are other planes.

Non-towered have lots of complaints from pilots about people landing in the opposite direction during calmer winds or even with light tail winds. As a pilot, you need to always be aware of what other planes are doing. You may be lined up...

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