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  • MAF
    Midland Tower
    Level: 7
    Type: Tower and Approach Control
    Facility Info
    Address: 2500 N Pliska Dr, Midland, TX 79711
    Phone: 432-488-2000
    Hours: 0600-0000
    Region: Central
    District Fort Worth
    MMAC Travel Days 1


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    Operational Info

    Midland International Air and Space port is a Class C airport with 4 runways; two parallels and two crossing.


    There are 4 operational positions: Clearance (CD), Ground (GC), Local (LC), and Coordinator (CC).
    Clearance provides clearance delivery to MAF and also two uncontrolled satellite airports, Midland Airpark (MDD) and Odessa Schlemeyer (ODO).

    MAF has two separate approach controls: Midland Approach and San Angelo Approach.
    Midland's primary airport is MAF, with several uncontrolled satellites, including MDD, ODO. Both are in close proximity to MAF and serve private commercial traffic and flight schools, which generate a fair amount of traffic. E11 is another uncontrolled field in which approach control service is provided, but it is not busy.

    The entirety of MAF Approach falls under ZFW: Midland Low sector borders most of the airspace, with Lubbock Low having a portion to the north. Although MAF has Midland and San Angelo Approaches, their airspace's do not touch; a small gap between them is controlled by ZFW.

    Midland frequently receives military aircraft conducting training, as well as a refueling stop. T1's are the most common, but Army helicopter squadrons, TEX2's, T45's, T38's, C5's and others are normal operations as well. Aside from the military aircraft, MAF has several air carriers and a large amount of corporate traffic. Air carrier traffic is primarily to/from Dallas-Ft. Worth and Houston, with Denver and Las Vegas being common routes as well. There are no SIDs or STARs for the airspace, and most traffic is fed direct to the field by ZFW. There can be a significant amount of VFR traffic in the vicinity of MAF from flight schools and oil pipeline patrols, among other things.

    San Angelo Approach's primary airport is the SJT, a class D FCT. There are a few uncontrolled satellites, but none noteworthy. Overlying SJT airspace is split roughly by half on a Northeast-Southwest division by ZFW and ZHU: ZFW Abilene low to the north, Midland low to the west; ZHU ?? Low to the east, and Rocksprings Low to the south. Abilene (ABI) Approach shares a common boundary to the north.

    SJT serves regional carriers, with a lot of military training aircraft. T1's, TEX2's and T38's from nearby Laughlin AFB (DLF), as well as Vance AFB and Randolph AFB (RND) frequent the tower and radar patterns, as well as T45's and TEX2's from Corpus Christi NAS (NGP).

    There are several non-radar routes and areas in the airspace which are used often as well. Dyess AFB (DYS) in Abilene routinely sends C130's for tactical training in a non-radar area on the border of SJT and ABI approaches.

    Training Progression

    The typical training progression:
    AG: FD > CD > GC
    D1: LC
    D2: R2/R3 > R1
    D3: R5 > R4

    CD and GC are typically combined and trained on simultaneously, but can be split if there is enough manning. R2/R3 are always combined and trained simultaneously.
    R1 and R4 are final approach positions for conducting ASR approaches. They are typically trained on concurrently with the approach position. Certification on the respective ASR position is required to progress to the next developmental level.

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