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CAMARILLO : Top Part of Tower Installed at Airport

Construction crews at Camarillo Airport have installed the top portion of a new control tower that will be completed next June.

A hexagonal glass top will house air traffic controllers, giving them a 360-degree view of airport operations.

“On a good, clear day you should be able to see all the way to the Channel Islands,” airport manager Nona Mackinson said of the 67-foot tower, which will be the tallest building in Camarillo when finished.

The federal government is paying $2.3 million to build the new tower, which is needed due to an increase in traffic over the last decade. Operations are now handled from a 25-foot-high trailer.

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When the airport exceeded 200,000 takeoffs and landings last year, the government decided to build the new tower, Mackinson said.

“The current structure is only large enough for two or three controllers,” Mackinson said. “We should be able to double that with the new tower.”

The airport serves small propeller-driven planes and some jet aircraft, but there are no scheduled commercial flights, Mackinson said.


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