FAA inaugurates LaGuardia tower

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The US FAA today inaugurated a new $100 million air traffic control tower at the LaGuardia airport in New York, replacing a tower that had been in place since 1964.

The 71m-high (233ft) facility includes Airport Surface Detection System Model X (ASDE-X) equipment that allows controllers to track surface movement of aircraft and vehicles. Controllers in the tower will also be using the FAA's Integrated Control and Monitoring System (ICMS), which consolidates information including navigational aid displays into one screen.

"LaGuardia Airport plays an important role in our country's aviation infrastructure," says US DOT secretary Ray LaHood. "This modern tower will help enhance the safety and efficiency of air travel in and out of the New York metropolitan area."