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Special Tours

American Airlines Flight Academy/DFW Line & Base Maintenance Tour

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 8 a.m.-5 p.m., lunch included

Cost: $45
Includes transportation, tour and lunch; Nonrefundable

Get an inside look at American Airlines on this full-day tour when you visit the American Airlines flight Academy, DWH Maintenance Base, and DFW line Maintenance facilities, and C.R. Smith Museum.

American Airlines flight Academy is the center for all pilot training activities at American and American Eagle and trains more than 900 pilots in any given month. DWH Maintenance Base is a 344,000-square foot, six-bay hangar where acceptance checks for all new American Airlines fleet types are completed and specialty modification work including Gogo wireless installation and other work as needed is performed. More than 789 airline maintenance mechanics work at the DfW line Maintenance facility serving the airline's maintenance needs. The C.R. Smith Museum is dedicated to past and present American Airlines employees and C.R. Smith, longtime American Airlines president. Lunch will be provided while you sit alongside a fully restored 1930s-era American Airlines DC-3 and have the opportunity to meet some of American's senior leadership team.

This tour does require closed-toed shoes and a large amount of walking and climbing of stairs (recommend comfortable walking shoes). No children and no cameras allowed. The registration deadline for all tours is February 5, 2015.

Dallas-Fort Worth Air Traffic Control Tour

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 1-6 p.m.

Cost: $40
You might interact with air traffic control personally every day, or you might interact with them as you jet across the airspace via the airlines.

Either way, many of us use the services of the U.S. air traffic controllers on a regular basis. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is comprised of some of the most complex and densely populated airspace in the world. The DfW terminal radar Approach Control facilities (TRACON) and DfW Center airspace comprises two of the busiest commercial air carrier airports in the country, multiple general aviation airports, and even military airports and airspace.

This tour provides a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the DfW TRACON, which covers 15 area towers, and handles more than 3,500 aircraft every day. Additionally, the tour will visit DfW Center and have the chance to learn about the airspace and interact with some of the most accomplished controllers in the world. This tour requires access to high-security areas and as such all attendees must provide official photo identification on-site. Attendees who are not U.S. citizens will also be required to complete security paperwork prior to the event, in addition to providing official photo identification onsite.

Space is extremely limited for this tour so sign up soon. The registration deadline for all tours is February 5, 2015.

Southwest Airlines Tour

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 8 a.m.-noon

Cost: $25
Take a short trip over to Dallas Love field for a tour of the Southwest Airlines headquarters, including the newly completed training and Operations Center (TOPS). Learn more about the company's unique history, tour dispatch, maintenance, and TOPS, the 100,000-square-foot home to 24-hour coordination and maintenance operations, customer support and services, and training. The registration deadline for all tours is February 5, 2015.