FAA dedicates new air traffic control tower in Huntsville

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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 previous building.

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.