The air traffic control (ATC) contract tower at Florida’s Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) recently won “Air Traffic Control Contract Tower of the Year” award.
The airport’s contract tower was selected from more than 120 other facilities in the U.S that participate in FAA contract tower (FTC) program. The award is given to an airport’s ATC contract tower for providing high quality air traffic services and its commitment to the local community through public service, according to airport officials.
“Our contract tower staff gives tours to local public schools and civic organizations, providing an opportunity for our community to learn about general aviation,” said Terry Lloyd, director of aviation for the airport.
Through the FAA’s Contract Tower Program, the agency contracts air traffic control (ATC) services to the private sector at visual flight rule (VFR) airports. A total of 246 airports participate in the program as of Jan. 1, 2011. FAA contract towers receive continuous oversight and monitoring by FAA and all contract controllers are certified by the agency.
For more information: KissimmeeAirport.com