Former Chandler tower manager to speak at Aero Club
Bob Earl, the first manager of the air traffic control tower at the Chandler Municipal Airport, will be featured speaker at the Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC) meeting Monday, May 17 at the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with coffee and camaraderie, followed by Earl’s presentation at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
A Sun Lakes resident, Earl has some 44 years of air traffic control experience, including U.S. Air Force, FAA and FAA contract air traffic control. His assignments include air route traffic control centers and managing airport traffic control towers at five major U.S. airports, including those with radar and non-radar approach facilities.
Earl retired from the FAA in January, 1994, where he was assistant manager of the Las Vegas Tower/TRACON (Terminal Radar Control). The following year, he became manager of the Chandler Municipal Airport control tower, an FAA contract tower. After over three years in an Air Guard Mobile tower, the Chandler controllers moved into the present day eight-story permanent structure.
Earl retired from that post in June, 2002. Today he is involved in a wide range of organizations in Sun Lakes and other community organizations and is a frequent Splash contributor.
Now in its 15th year, SLAC meets the third Monday of each month from October through May in the Mirror Room at the Sun Lakes Country Club. For additional information, contact Al Galvi at 480-802-0104 or Bob Walch at 480-895-8869.