Officials from the Delaware River & Bay Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration today dedicated a new air traffic control tower at New Castle County Airport in New Castle, Delaware.
The tower, constructed at a cost of $7 million by the DRBA, is part of the authority’s plan to develop the airport into a premier general and corporate aviation facility. Relocating the air traffic control tower to a new site at the airport will allow DRBA to develop new corporate aviation hangars as part of the redevelopment effort.
“The construction of a new air traffic control tower was critically important – not only for the airport to continue to grow and attract new corporate tenants – but also to enhance air traffic functions at New Castle Airport,” said Albert A. Fralinger, Jr., Chairman, Delaware River & Bay Authority.
“From the FAA’s perspective, the new tower provides for better visibility of airport taxiways, runways and approaches. In addition, the new tower opens up sixty- three acres of developable land in the midfield area, which permits construction of up to eleven new hangars, four of which have already been built. Each new hangar facility is 23,000 square feet and will include office and shop space.”
The 112-foot tower, which was commissioned in August, replaces a structure that was built in 1955. In addition to the tower, there is a 6,200 square foot administrative base building that provides office space for FAA Air Traffic and Airway Facility personnel.
“This new facility certainly reflects the strong relationship that the Federal Aviation Administration enjoys with its aviation partners such as the Delaware River & Bay Authority,” said Arlene B. Feldman, Regional Administrator of FAA’s Eastern Region. “In committing itself to building this facility, the authority has joined with the FAA in its continuing efforts to modernize the national airspace system. It has also created a symbol of safety for those who use this airport. The FAA applauds that effort.”
Federal Aviation Administration’s Eastern Region includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The Delaware River & Bay Authority owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry System and New Castle County Airport.