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The St. Thomas ATCT temporary mobile tower, used since the island began operations after the hurricanes last September, ceased operations earlier this month and services were transitioned back to the permanent ATCT.
Update from Puerto Rico
Last week San Juan ATCT (SJU) FacRep Kyrandgel Rios shared news about life and air traffic control work in Puerto Rico.
"Six months after Hurricane Maria, power is still unreliable. SJU Tower was on FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) generator power until last week, not because there was no power at the airport, but because of the risk involved in losing power for such a critical operation. We have recently moved to commercial power, but the FEMA generator will remain on site, because the tower's generator can only produce power for 1-2 days.
"Recurring blackouts are common, so there are flashlights scattered around my house at all times. To this day, there is one member that does not have power and is still relying on a generator to power his home for approximately nine hours a day.
"Morale among members in the tower is great. We are in good spirits and getting used to this new way of living."