The FAA recently dedicated a new airport traffic control tower at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) that will replace the one that has served the airport since 1963.
“This new tower will enhance the safety and efficiency of air travel in and out of Long Island,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
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, FAA officials said.
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.