Contract v. FAA towers a 277% difference

The average annual cost difference between a contract ($537,000) and FAA ($2.025 million) tower is $1.488 million according to testimony from Calvin Scovel, DOT Inspector General at a House Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on July 18.

Scovel’s numbers came from a DOT audit of the contract tower program. The audit compared “30 contract towers and 30 FAA towers with similar air traffic densities”. There are “250 contract towers in over 45 states,” in the 30 year old contract tower program.

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A control tower for FDK

May 1 was the day many in Frederick, Maryland, had long awaited — or dreaded, depending on your point of view. The home of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), defender of our freedoms to fly, was finally getting a control tower. Was it a day to celebrate or commiserate?

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FAA breaks ground on new runway at FLL

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta helped break ground recently for a $791 million runway expansion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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