Closure Conundrums

Airport or runway closures can test the boundaries of good judgment and patience for both ATC and pilots. Oh, you do check the NOTAMs, don't you?

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Night had fallen outside my approach control. I was settling into my chair in the radar room when Center handed me a Cessna 172. Remarks showed it was an IFR training flight to one of our Class D satellite airports. I checked the time. That airport’s tower was closing momentarily. We routinely ran non-towered ops […]
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