FAA chooses contractor to build new ATC tower at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

18 January 2016 (Last Updated January 18th, 2016 18:30)

Archer Western Construction has been selected by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to build a new $60m air traffic control (ATC) tower at Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) Airport in North Carolina.

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Archer Western Construction has been selected by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to build a new $60m air traffic control (ATC) tower at Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) Airport in North Carolina.

The Atlanta-based construction company will have to set up a 370ft tower that will replace the existing ATC tower at the airport, which has been operational since 1979, reported Charlotte Business Journal.

The construction work of the tower will begin in the spring of 2016.

The project also includes a 42,000ft2 Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) base building.

It will feature air traffic controllers in an 850ft2 cab.

"Charlotte Douglas has become a major transportation centre in America."

The tower is scheduled to be completed in 2018 and be fully operational by 2019.

Archer Western Construction vice president Kevin Swain was quoted by Charlotte Business Journal as saying: "Charlotte Douglas has become a major transportation centre in America.

"We are pleased to expand our work at the airport, and look forward to partnering with the FAA to further enhance its operations."

The new air traffic control tower at CLT will use new satellite-based technology, which is a part of FAA's Next Generation (NextGen) initiative that was launched seven years back.

A new system called DataComm will be used to transmit all the data digitally from the air traffic control tower to computers installed in aircrafts.

The DataComm system is one of the significant technology changes planned under NextGen and according to FAA, the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport will become the first in the country to use this system, reported Wfae.org.

The company also constructed the hourly parking area and the rental car facility, which opened at CLT in 2015.

It is also working to expand the west terminal of the airport and to upgrade the checked-baggage screening area.


Image: Charlotte-Douglas Airport will have a new ATC tower. Photo: courtesy of MaverickHunter40245/Wikipedia.