FAA Dedicates New Air Traffic Control Tower for Long Island MacArthur Airport
Posted: 20 May 2011 | FAA | No comments yet
New airport traffic control tower for Long Island MacArthur Airport to replace the one that has served the airport since 1963…
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today dedicated a new airport traffic control tower for Long Island MacArthur Airport that will replace the one that has served the airport since 1963.
“MacArthur Airport continues to play a vital role in serving travelers in the New York metropolitan region,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This new tower will enhance the safety and efficiency of air travel in and out of Long Island.”
The new airport traffic control tower is more than 50 feet taller than the old tower, giving controllers a better view of airport operations. Additionally, controllers will now be using the latest in voice communication technology to communicate with pilots.
“We’re committed to providing controllers with the best possible technology and supporting their mission to keep the flying public safe,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “The enhanced sight-lines and a state-of-the-art communications system represent important safety enhancements for passengers flying to and from MacArthur Airport.”
The facility has the most advanced equipment to record air traffic communications. It also has state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems, as well as fire protection, security, power distribution and grounding systems.
The new 158-foot high tower has a 525-square-foot tower cab. The total cost to design, equip, and construct the new tower was approximately $20 million. In 2010, air traffic controllers at MacArthur Airport handled nearly 155,000 takeoffs and landings.