The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Contract Tower Program has been in place since 1982 and currently provides for the contract operation of air traffic control services at 254 airports. The program continues to receive high marks from the Department of Transportation Inspector General, Congress and the National Transportation Safety Board. FAA also has implemented the cost-sharing program for some airports that fall below the eligibility criteria for contract towers.
To assist airports that currently are in the FAA Contract Tower Program, FAA, AAAE and AAAE's affiliated organization, the U.S. Contract Tower Association (USCTA), are pleased to present the annual workshop on the FAA Contract Tower Program, June 19-20, 2018, at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Airport management at current FAA contract towers, ATC companies, aviation users and other officials interested in the program should not miss this special opportunity to learn more about the FAA Contract Tower Program. Speakers will include airport directors from facilities that currently have contract towers, FAA officials, congressional staff and officials from ATC companies.
Topics for the workshop will include procedures and plans for FAA contract towers; ongoing federal budget challenges for contract towers; FAA reauthorization legislative strategy; staffing, hours of operation and training at contract towers; tower operating agreements; review of the benefit/cost criteria used in the program; contract tower cost-sharing program; remote towers; contract tower liability insurance issues; UAS operations at contract towers, contract tower building leases; perspectives of Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General on the program; an update on how ATC companies operate; and future contract tower issues and trends. Airports and FAA representatives will have ample time to discuss the challenges associated with the program. Past workshops have resulted in substantive changes and enhancements to the program from an airport operator perspective.
Where appropriate, AAAE and USCTA also encourage airports to bring local elected and community/chamber of commerce leaders, as well as representatives from tenant associations, to the workshop. These officials would add great value to the meetings airports will have with their House and Senate offices on Tuesday afternoon, June 19.
Time is reserved from 1:30-5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, for individual airports to meet with staff of their House and Senate members about the contract tower program and other airport priorities. These meetings are encouraged and should be set up prior to coming to the workshop. Please call Spencer Dickerson, AAAE/USCTA, 703.578.2511, if you need any assistance to set up these congressional meetings.