Officials from the US FAA today dedicated a new airport
traffic control tower that began operating at Alabama’s
Huntsville International Airport
in early May.
Construction costs for the new tower and equipment are
estimated at $18.5 million.
Agency Southern regional administrator Doug Murphy says the
increased height and advanced technology of the tower allows for the
“impressive growth of the Huntsville
airport today and well into the future”.
The tower now provides air traffic controllers with
unobstructed views of the airfield, increasing in height by 132 feet than the
tower it replaced.
In addition the new terminal radar approach and control (Tracon) facility is now more than 800 square feet, more
than double the size of the Tracon’s space in the
The latest Tracon at Huntsville includes three
radar positions, two radar assistant positions and a supervisory console.
The Huntsville tower controls
airspace approximately 50 miles around Huntsville
from the surface to 10,000 ft.