Mobile Control Tower - 1977

Mobile Control Towers, often known as 'pie carts', are used to provide aerodrome control services at normally uncontrolled aerodromes for airshows and other special events. The Vic/Tas Region mobile tower is seen here at Melbourne/Moorabbin in 1977, filling in while the old Tower was being replaced with the current Control Tower. Click here to see a photo showing both Towers together.

Although the days when 'the Department' would regularly establish a Control Tower service at country aerodromes for fly-ins and airshows are long over, the Mobile Towers still get regular use. More recently this particular Mobile Control Tower has been used at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon, Vic, and the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park, Melbourne.


The fairly basic interior of the Vic/Tas Mobile Control Tower set up at Moorabbin in 1977. The lack of an overview of the aerodrome due to the low height of the Tower is apparent in this shot.



Packed up and on tow!

Click here to see a more modern Mobile Tower

Click here to see the Moorabbin tower as originally constructed in 1949, and with the new cab added in 1962.

(Photos: CAHS collection)

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