FAA Dedicates New Airport Traffic Control Tower For LaGuardia Airport NY


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FAA Dedicates New Airport Traffic Control Tower For LaGuardia Airport NY

By Mike Mitchell

January 24, 2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday dedicated a new airport traffic control tower for LaGuardia Airport (LGA), New York that will replace the one that has served the airport since 1964. In 2010, air traffic controllers at LGA handled nearly 400,000 takeoffs and landings. 

"LaGuardia Airport plays an important role in our country's aviation infrastructure,? said U.S. Transportation 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.? 

The tower will be equipped with the latest aviation technology, including the Airport Surface Detection System Model X (ASDE-X), which allows controllers to track surface movement of aircraft and vehicles.

Controllers will also be using the Integrated Control and Monitoring System (ICMS), which consolidates information including navigational aid displays into one screen. The new 233-foot high tower is 82 feet higher than the previous tower and has an 850 square foot tower cab. The total cost to design, equip, and construct the new tower was approximately $100 million.

?Today marks a culmination of years of hard work by many people both inside and outside the FAA,? said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. ?This tower symbolizes the direction the FAA is taking by transforming the future of aviation with new technology.?   

When the Federal Aviation Administration?s (FAA) air traffic and technical operations staff moved into the new air traffic control tower at LaGuardia Airport they not only found themselves in a bigger, more modern building, they also discovered a permanent exhibit highlighting aviation history from the earliest pioneers and their aircraft to the first airports, navigation aids, the passenger experience, and the airport?s history.  

The exhibit includes approximately 300 aviation photographs, advertisements, and travel posters along with museum-style captions and headings. In addition, LaGuardia?s and New York?s aviation history is detailed in five photo montages. Below are just some of the many photos displayed.

New  Your A Rich Aviation Heritage 1929 Gala Amusement Park is transformed into the Glenn H. Curtiss Airport ? later renamed North Beach Airport  1935 Aerial View of North Beach Airport 1939 New York City Municipal Airport opens  1939 New York Municipal Airport opening day celebration on October 15  1939 New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia looks out from a TWA DC-3, the first aircraft to land at the new airport on December 2 
1939 A TWA stewardess departs the first aircraft to land at the airport 

1940 The original control tower is on top of the Central Terminal Building

1940 A Pan American Airways Clipper is the first aircraft to land at the new Marine Air Terminal  1947 The Port Authority of New York/ New Jersey leases New York Municipal Airport and renames it LaGuardia Airport  1948 CAA begins operating the air traffic control tower  1949 The Brooklyn Dodgers return to LaGuardia after beating St. Louis in the National League pennant race 
1964 The airport dedicates its $36 million upgrade, including a new, 150-foot high control tower  1911 Harriet Quimby obtains her pilot?s license at the Moisant School at the Hempstead Plains Aerodrome, the first American woman to earn an Aero Club of America Aviator?s certificate  1933 Wiley Post departs Floyd Bennett Field on the first solo flight around the world  1939 Pan American Airways initiates the first scheduled transatlantic flights from New York to Paris  1910 Eugene Early makes the first take off from a ship 

1920 Jack Knight


The history exhibit, the vision of LaGuardia?s tower manager, Leo Prusak, and engineered by FAA historian Theresa Kraus and graphic designer Laurie Zaleski, celebrates the aviation industry and depicts its early growth. Now, employees and visitors alike can trace the history of aviation from the earliest days of the Wright Brothers and gain a better understanding of why and how the FAA provides service to the American public and the users of the national airspace system.  

As tower manager Prusak has noted ?Not only is the visual impact of the exhibit astounding, but it has everyone in the building ? both air traffic and tech ops ? talking and sharing experiences. The older employees are taking a walk down memory lane, while our younger employees are gaining a better understanding of where the FAA and air traffic control came from. Visitors are also gaining a better sense about the breadth and types of work FAA does on a day-to-day basis.?


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