Monday, October 18, 2010

FDK Breaks Ground on First Air Traffic Control Tower

The groundbreaking for Frederick Municipal Airport's $5.3 million first air traffic control tower was held today and OED was in attendance. U.S. Sentators Benjamin Cardin and Barbara Mikulski joined several local elected officials at the ceremony along with officials from the FAA.

Top photo: Senator Mikulski addresses the crowd.
Bottom photo: Senator Cardin speaks to today's gathering.

Construction of the tower is expected to be completed within 18 months and is funded by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The airport has two runways and handles a diverse mix of aircraft, including presidential helicopter Marine One. In recent years, the largest growth segment for the airport has been in corporate jets. With two flight restriction areas within a few miles of the airport, it is expected that an air traffic control tower will serve a larger homeland security role by significantly decreasing the number of intrusions into restricted airspace.