The Parafield Airport Control Tower was built between 1938 and 1940 during World War II and is a fine example of art deco architecture. It has also been used as an operations-administration building and passenger terminal.
The building originally had an all-glass control tower cab on the roof. This was replaced by the present, modern cab, which was commissioned on 28 October 1981.
A transportable tower was used for in 1980-81 whilst the new cab was constructed.
As of 2008, the Parafield Control Tower is the oldest operational tower in Australia. Similar buildings were constructed at Mascot in Sydney and Archerfield in Brisbane, and although they still stand, they are no longer used as control towers.
Today, only the upper floor and tower cab are occupied by Airservices Australia. The remainder of the building is occupied by tenants including Adelaide Flight Training Centre. The building is no longer used as a passenger terminal.
Airservices Australia www.airservicesaustralia.com is a government owned organisation providing safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible services to the aviation industry.
It employs more than 3,500 staff, with approximately 1,000 air traffic controllers, working from two air traffic services centres, two terminal control units and 29 towers at international and regional airports.
Airservices Australia also handles complaints for aircraft noise. Call 1800 802 584 or visit www.airservicesaustralia.com/aircraftnoise