Air, Business

New control tower for CLT

[ June 7, 2016   //   ]

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker recently broke ground for a new 370-foot-tall air traffic control tower and radar approach control at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).  The new tower will enable air traffic controllers to continue to provide the safest, most efficient service to flights at the nation’s fifth busiest tower.

“This investment in our aviation infrastructure will position us to handle the future growth that we forecast for Charlotte,” said Secretary Foxx.  “This new air traffic control facility will help us serve travelers at one of our busiest airline hubs for decades to come.”

“The FAA is committed to modernizing our air traffic control system,” said Deputy Administrator Whitaker, who also is the FAA’s Chief NextGen Officer.  “Investing in NextGen will make air travel more efficient, dependable, and even safer.”

The new air traffic control tower will be equipped with state-of-the-art Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, technology including Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), Data Communications, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), and Advanced Electronic Flight Strip System (AEFS).  Charlotte also is the test site for Airspace Technology Demonstration (ATD-2).