SBA Tower Panorama

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By John Wiley

Have you ever flown in or out of SBA and wondered what people up in the Air Traffic Control tower see?

Local aviation organizations and ATC collaborated on a technical tour for a small group of pilots, that included a few minutes out on the high catwalk. Here's a panorama of some pix I snapped there. Having flown all over North America, I formed two opinions: SBA has the best ATC personnel, and the widest variety of fabulous views. Within an hour of here by small plane are the lowest and highest points in the continental U.S.

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taz Jun 15, 2019 01:11 PM
SBA Tower Panorama

What a great panoramic set of views of the amazing place we call home! As I clicked on the photos it felt like I was twirling in place :) When the pix with clouds over the mountains popped in to view they offered a new perspective from the flat coastal lands prior. What fun! Thank you for sharing these...

Flicka Jun 15, 2019 09:55 AM
SBA Tower Panorama

Thanks for these photos, John. George Hammond told me he was in a tower at the airport (1931) and saw my uncle crash his plane just after take off. My uncle, mom's brother, and his partner in ownership of the plane both died. My uncle was 21. LONG before my time!

Shasta Guy Jun 14, 2019 09:00 PM
SBA Tower Panorama

Very nice photos, John. What a fun tour to take. The first photo looking past Goleta Beach to the islands is a reminder for me to get all my Santa Cruz Island sail trip photos properly sized so I can post them here.

John Wiley Jun 14, 2019 08:35 PM
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Can anyone name the directions in the centers of each of the pix? Have you noticed any landmarks that stand out to you?

John Wiley Jun 14, 2019 08:33 PM
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Barron, things have become so much tighter since 9/11! The ATC and local aviation community worked really well together setting the tour up, and it's great for both safety and maintaining a smooth flow of traffic. We feel so lucky to be based at SBA! TS, it's especially good to know you liked the pix because that's the one place pix are allowed and it took a bit of work to put together a pano set for Ed that somewhat match. Before going up in the tower, I'd wondered what the view is like and have also thought how cool it would be to get up in the Arlington spire. Of course, flying 1/4 mile above town beats them all in many ways, but every height above ground has its charms to me. ;)

TWOSCOOPS Jun 14, 2019 11:57 AM
SBA Tower Panorama

Thanks for the interesting photos!

the barron Jun 14, 2019 10:30 AM
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I've always thought about how neat it would be to get a tour of that tower. Thanks, John.

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