The tower at Chicago Midway was closed at 5 pm local time after three employees tested positive for COVID-19. It appears as though the airport is effectively operating on Unicom now. The FAA says it will continue to operate for the time bring though at a significantly reduced rate. Departing aircraft will then contact regional control at Chicago TRACON. I couldn’t immediately find any planned schedule for when or if they plan to re open.
That’s risky. Running a massive hub on unicom is all in the hands of the pilot’s integrities.
In fairness I couldn’t actually find a source that directly says it’s running on unicom, but the way the news articles describe it sounds an awful lot like Unicom
I don’t know if a topic like this is allowed due to the above rules but I may be wrong…
Is there a Unicom freq on liveATC.net?
That says no topics directly about the virus. Though it says topics about the impact on airlines may be done if limited to one topic per airline, I feel as though we could consider MDW an airline, and as long as this stays the only one I think it’s fine. That’s how I read the rules at least. I suppose we’ll see if the moderators agree.
Update: it is, tower on liveatc.net
Oh okay but wow! Unicom!
All the articles I found says just operating at a significantly reduced rate.
the only inbound plane is from mexico,
probably open to ga aircraft but not sure
correction: there’s also a southwest from Manchester inbound
I would assume airlines are just choosing to cancel perhaps? Everything I see says it’s open…
Probably that. I could see a safety concern haha
Wow. Kudos to the pilots using CTAF safely in a busy airspace like KORD 👏
I thought Unicom wasn’t a term anymore. It’s CTAF now.
Again, maybe all my sources are wrong, but they all say open. FAA says there’s backup systems that are in use namely a Unicom like system, so still operating at a reduced rate
You might be right, and Unicom or CTAF may not be what is in use, but all the descriptions I see sound a lot like that.
interesting thanks for the info :)
im waiting to see if these 2 inbounds planes are gonna be diverted or not
Lol. I’m just being a perfectionist nerd, lol.
Yep. Looks like there all going to Chicago executive, so the Mexico one may have a customs issue???
Perhaps a diversion to Ohare?