Facility Class 1: Operational and Training Facilities,
Category Group 13: Air Navigation and Traffic Aids Building
Item and Allowance
Flight Control Tower
Terminal facilities which, by the use of communications systems, visual signaling,
and other equipment, provide air traffic control service to aircraft at airfields or
One control tower will be provided for each airfield or heliport in accordance with
AR 95-2, Air Traffic Control, Air Space, Airfield Flight Facilities and Navigational
Standards for control towers can be obtained from ATZQ-ATC-FG. The tower cab
height will permit a clear view of the entire runway and taxiway system and may be
combined with the airfield operations building and/or the fire and rescue station.
The tower area will be approximately 260 gross m2 [2,800 gross ft2].
At facilities provided direct weather support by an Air Weather Service (AWS)
detachment, a separate floor of the control tower may be modified or added to house
a Representative Weather Observation Station (RWOS). The tower area for the
RWOS will be 37 gross m2 [400 gross ft2]. An observation platform or catwalk may
be provided around the exterior of the RWOS floor.
Navigation Building, Air
A facility which houses designated types of equipment systems for the exchange of
information between airfields and aircraft. Also included are air traffic control
facilities which provide approach control services to aircraft arriving, departing, and
transitioning the airspace controlled by the airfield or heliport. Unmanned
switches, and secondary control panels for lighting at airfields or heliports are also
14.4 gross m2 [156 gross ft2]
Type 0 (Equipment room only)
32.1 gross m2 [344 gross ft2]
Type 1 (Equipment room plus one generator)
42.3 gross m2 [452 gross ft2]
52.0 gross m2 [560 gross ft2]
(Above types formerly contained in AFM 88-2.)
Navigational and Traffic Aids, Other Than Buildings
Radar approach control, visual navigational aids, antenna systems, vaults, foundations, tower
beacons, and other structures which support Army airfield or Army heliport operations.