FAA dedicates new tower at AVP

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON, Pa. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta recently dedicated a new $20.5 million airport traffic control tower at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP).

The 118-foot-tall tower gives controllers better airfield views and contains state-of-the-art equipment to support and enable future NextGen technologies. It replaces a 52-foot-tall tower built in 1952.

A 12,683-square-foot base building houses a new Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) that provides radar service to flights within a 57-mile radius of the airport up to an altitude of 10,000 feet. The base building also accommodates electronic equipment, administrative offices and building support systems.

“This tower is a symbol of the FAA’s commitment to aviation safety and to modernizing the air traffic control system,” Huerta said. “Upgrading our aviation infrastructure to support NextGen will help to maintain the world’s largest and safest aviation system.”

The new facility has the latest radar and communications technology, as well as a high-tech climate control system and was constructed with energy-efficient materials to reduce heating and ventilation costs, FAA officials note.

The $20.5 million air traffic control tower was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Construction began in December 2009, and air traffic controllers began handling flights from the new tower on Aug. 29.

For more information: FAA.gov

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