Airservices Australia has begun construction of a new air traffic control (ATC) tower at Rockhampton Airport in Australia.
The new tower, to be built at a cost of A$6m ($5.3m), will be located adjacent to Airservices' existing complex and replace the existing tower in use since 1961.
Airservices chief executive officer Greg Russell said the tower will be 21m tall, and will be one of the first in Australia to be equipped with the latest electronic ATC technology.
It will feature customisable touch screens that will provide information and allow controllers to perform operational tasks.
The tower will combine flight and operational data, surveillance and voice communications into an integrated, tower-specific layout.
The tower's cabin will incorporate specialised single-pane glazing to meet stringent optical, thermal and acoustic performance criteria.
South Australian contractor Badge Construction is expected to complete the tower by June 2011, followed by a three-month commissioning period.