J. Mac McClellan has another excellent blog post on his recent experience flying into an airshow in Tarkio, Missouri. His post is another reminder of the critical importance that every pilot must place on seeing and avoiding other traffic.
“Because of the huge popularity of the fly-in at the single runway Tarkio airport a temporary control tower is wheeled in. Putting a tower at a normally non-controlled airport, and then flooding the airport with traffic, started me thinking about what controllers in a control tower really control.
The short answer is that the tower controls the runway. The primary function of the tower – local control in formal ATC speak – is to separate aircraft using the active runways. Controlling the airspace around the runway is a different situation.”
Read the whole article here.