For Immediate Release

Release No. 080703
August 7, 2003
Contact: Holly Baker
Phone: (609) 485-6253

The Helena, Mont. Airport Traffic Control Tower will be presented the 2002 FAA Facility of the Year award at a special ceremony at 2:30 p.m., Monday, August 11, in the tower, at 3100 Airport Road, Helena.

The tower recently received the prestigious award in its category as a Level 6 Airport Traffic Control Tower. The facility, a non-radar approach control and visual flight rules tower, competed with 49 other control facilities in its class throughout the region and nation to achieve the honor.

David B. Johnson, FAA Director of Air Traffic, will present the national award. Raul C. Trevino, Acting Air Traffic Division Manager, Northwest Mountain Region, will present the regional award.

During 2002, the Helena Regional Airport handled about 62,000 operations, including 18,000 instrument landing operations. In the 18 years that records have been kept, the airport traffic control tower has never had an operational error. The tower is responsible for the safe and efficient flow of air traffic, handling departures and arrivals within a 20- to 30-mile radius of the airport, up to an altitude of 10,000 feet.

Note: Media should arrive at the tower at 2:15 p.m., and have valid photo identification.

Please confirm attendance ahead of time to Holly Baker, 609/485-6253.

Due to current security measures, media attendees must be U.S. citizens.