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?

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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