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Local News in Brief : Control Tower Debuts at Whiteman Airport

Air traffic controllers began directing pilots and their aircraft at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima for the first time Saturday after dedication ceremonies for a new control tower.

About 50 people, including Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, attended the dedication for the portable tower, which is to be replaced by a permanent structure.

Antonovich and several other local politicians had lobbied for the tower’s installation for safety reasons. The tower’s first day in service went smoothly while pilots adjusted to talking to air traffic controllers, said Robert Cline, an airport service worker.


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