The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) created the U.S. Contract Tower Association in 1996 to promote FAA’s Contract Tower Program and to enhance aviation safety at smaller airports. USCTA coordinates contract tower issues on a regular basis with Congress, DOT/FAA, NTSB, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the DOT IG. The association sponsors an annual workshop in Washington, D.C., which allows members to hear updates on the program directly from the FAA officials who administer it.

The primary advantages of FAA’s Contract Tower Program are enhanced safety, improved ATC services, and significant VFR ATC cost savings to FAA. A DOT Inspector General audit of the FAA Contract Tower Program, released Nov. 5, 2012, concluded that FAA contract towers continue to provide cost-effective and safe air traffic control services and operate at a lower cost than similar FAA-operated towers.


To join USCTA, please contact:

Brad Van Dam
American Association of Airport Executives/USCTA
601 Madison Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 797-2534
Email: [email protected]

USCTA Policy Board Members

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Clara E. BennettBoca Raton AirportChair196621
Chris Pomeroy, C.M.Friedman Memorial AirportVice Chair230418
Vinicio L. LLerena, A.A.E., ACEVictoria Regional AirportVice Chair203742
Brad Van DamAAAEStaff Liaison200165
Stephen L. SmithRobinson Aviation (RVA), Inc.Member283896
Peter F. DumontRare Air SolutionsMember281636
Dan Luttrell, C.M., ACEArdmore Municipal AirportMember273187
Paul Priegel, A.A.E.LOCHNERMember242377
Keren W. McLendonRobinson Aviation (RVA), Inc.Member240002
Amy St. PierreMidwest Air Traffic Control Service Inc.Member238958
Jeff Roach, A.A.E.Billings Logan International AirportMember230632
Dirk B. Vanderleest, A.A.E.Concord-Padgett Regional AirportMember226913
Eric D. Pratt, C.M.Mesquite Metro AirportMember222398
Lance Lamkin, A.A.E.University of Oklahoma Max Westheimer AirportMember219027
Michael BaylisCI² Aviation, Inc.Member217713
Matthew D. Dowell, A.A.E.Golden Triangle Regional AirportMember216466
Deanna DreselMidwest Air Traffic Control Service Inc.Member215278
Grayson B. ArdiesOklahoma Department of Aerospace and AeronauticsMember210562
Andrella KennerCI² Aviation, Inc.Member209493
Justin E. Lobb, C.M., ACE, CPMNaples Airport AuthorityMember209449