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In December 2007 I travelled to the mainland and spent a week in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the FAA's Airport Facilities Terminal Integration
Laboratory (AFTIL) to participate in the selection and vetting of a new air traffic control tower (ATCT) site at Kona International Airport, Hawaii.
During that week we did much of our analysis and safety discussions in a "terminal simulator" room that allowed us to visualize what tower
controllers would see from various locations and elevations above ground level.
Today for the first time I got a chance to go up into the new tower cab and compare how close those simulator views were. It turns out we got
it right. Construction completion is expected in Fall 2011, to be followed by equipment and electronics installation with final completion mid-year 2012.