FDK Breaks Ground on Air Traffic Control Tower

A groundbreaking ceremony for Frederick Municipal Airport’s $5.3 million first air traffic control tower was held in mid-October. U.S. Sentators Benjamin Cardin and Barbara Mikulski joined several local elected officials and representatives from the FAA at the event.

Construction of the tower is expected to be completed within 18 months; the project is funded by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Click on the following link to see an architectural rendering of what the tower will look like: 20100615123151522

The airport has two runways and handles a diverse mix of aircraft, including presidential helicopter Marine One. In recent years, the largest growth segment for the airport has been in corporate jets. With two flight restriction areas within a few miles of the airport, it is expected that an air traffic control tower will serve a larger homeland security role by significantly decreasing the number of intrusions into restricted airspace.

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