Hearing will review FAA’s Contract Tower Program

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Aviation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.), will hold a hearing on Wednesday, July 18, to review the FAA’s Contract Tower Program and the Department of Transportation Inspector General’s (DOT IG) ongoing audit of the program.

Under the Contract Tower Program, the FAA contracts with private entities to provide air traffic control services at Visual Flight Rules (VFR) airports. The program has a history of reducing the cost of air traffic control services and enhancing aviation safety by providing air traffic services at airports where federally-staffed towers would not be cost effective.

The DOT IG is updating a 2003 report that showed contract towers to be at least as safe as FAA towers, and significantly more cost effective. The DOT IG and others will provide testimony in regard to the new audit and the program. More information on Wednesday’s hearing can be found here.

A live webcast will be available at Transportation.House.gov

 

 

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