Would it be possible to fly inside a city?

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  1. Matthew

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    As Velocity173 says:

    The control tower is ONE of the air traffic control facilities that a pilot will talk to. Normally, the tower is the facility the pilot will talk to immediately before landing or taking off. The tower controllers "own" the runway.

    The tower is generally named after the facility, shortened if necessary, for example:

    "LaGuardia Tower"
    "Executive Tower"

    edit: In normal conversation, it's usually just referred to as "tower". "Yesterday I was minding my own business, then tower called about something." "Here's a phone number, call tower."
     
  2. Wake Burns

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    Noted.
     
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    Also: if an airport does have a tower (most do not), they will usually have 2 controller positions, tower and ground, using different radio frequencies. When not busy, one physical person might be at both positions. The "ground" controller handles aircraft as they move around on the taxiways to and from the runway, and the "tower" controller handles the aircraft as they enter/exit the runway either because of a takeoff or landing. "Tower" also sequences the aircraft for landing, "Cessna xyz cleared to land runway 21, Cessna 123 you are number 2 for landing", for example. Ground and Tower are both referred to by the facility name, "Executive Tower" or "Executive Ground".

    Some really big and busy airports might have multiple towers or multiple "tower" or "ground" controller positions.
     
  4. Wake Burns

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    Humorous question-
    From a 10 to an 11, how illegal would it be to fly inverted under a landing commercial airliner for fun?
    I'm guessing very?
    I'm guessing very.
     
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    That's useful to know. I knew some of the basics, but some of that information was more informative. Thank you.
     
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    They've gotta catch you first!
     
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    I could not have asked for a better answer...
     
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    To clarify for Mr. Burns, the initial call to a particular tower would normally include the full name, and could be abbreviated after that. Also, after the initial call, the word "tower" is often omitted as well.
     
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    Here's a neat site that allows you to listen to live tower communications at airports all over the world. Useful for picking up the lingo.

    http://www.liveatc.net