Thursday , 17 August 2017

Collin County Regional Airport Dedicates New Control Tower

Collin County Regional Airport Dedicates New Control Tower

Collin County Regional Airport Dedicates New Control Tower

The new air traffic control tower at the Collin County Regional Airport at McKinney will be dedicated at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 19 at 1 p.m. Federal, state, regional and local officials will dedicate the Pete and Nancy Huff Airport Traffic Control Tower, named for the local civic leaders.

When: Tuesday, April 19 from 1 – 2 p.m.

Where: Collin County Regional Airport at McKinney, 1500 E. Industrial Blvd.

McKinney, Texas 75069

Follow Event Signage from Industrial Blvd.

U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson, Collin County Judge Keith Self, Mayor Brian Loughmiller and McKinney Airport Development Corporation (MADC) Chairman John Wroten are among the scheduled speakers.

Completed in February, the new tower replaces the older two-story tower, brought to McKinney in 1996 from Alliance Airport in Fort Worth. Air traffic controllers now work at a height of 78 feet, more than seven stories above ground level. The tower cab will initially support two air traffic controller positions but will be capable of expanding up to five. The levels immediately below the cab will accommodate a training room, office space and an equipment room. Three additional floors will be constructed in anticipation of future needs. The newly constructed tower accommodates other improvements at the airport, including a new runway currently under construction.

The project is funded with a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that is administered by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Aviation Division. The City of McKinney is responsible for the remainder of the total $2.4 million project cost.

The new tower will be equipped with the latest in radio and voice switch technology and a backup generator. The FAA is providing a new radar display comparable to equipment available to controllers at D/FW Airport to replace the current system.

“All of the new projects like the tower and the new runway will equip the airport to meet current demand and future growth. It positions us to be among the leading general aviation reliever airports in the state,” said Ken Wiegand, Executive Director MADC.

Although owned by the City of McKinney, the new tower will be operated by the FAA under the Federal Contract Tower (FCT) program. The FCT program is a public-private partnership in place since 1982 that funds and regulates the operation of nearly 250 control towers nationwide utilizing private sector services. Employees of Robinson Aviation, Inc. are FAA trained and certified air traffic controllers who provide services critical to the safe operation of Collin County Regional Airport.

FAA Operated

Although owned by the City of McKinney, the new tower will be operated by the FAA under the Federal Contract Tower (FCT) program.

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