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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law - Air Traffic Facilities

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides a total of $5B in funding ($1B per year over five years) to upgrade the foundation of the FAA’s air traffic control. Think of it as a down payment to reduce our backlog of needed maintenance, updates, upgrades and replacement of critical buildings and equipment needed to operate our nation’s airspace safely. The work at buildings and equipment around the country will create jobs for local suppliers, construction workers and communities.

Lighting up LaGuardia

At LaGuardia Airport, we’ve invested $3.9 million in BIL funding to replace critical infrastructure and increase reliability in their secondary runway with the goal of keeping planes moving safely and on time.

Upgrading this critical runway approach lighting system at LaGuardia helps the FAA maintain safety at this important New York airport. The work involved was challenging given the location of the equipment, but the new approach lights give pilots a more reliable system to get passengers to their destination safely.

- Tim Arel, Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization

View our interactive story for images, videos, interviews, and details about this project and the people who made it happen.

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The Peak of Safety in El Paso

On top of a narrow ridge on Franklin Mountain in El Paso sits critical mountain-top air traffic communications equipment that relied on degraded decades-old cables for power. This equipment allows controllers to talk to planes flying overhead for hundreds of miles. More than $7 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is updating this power line to improve safety. 

Our primary tool is going to be those receivers and transmitters. That’s how we communicate. If they go down, catastrophic failures could occur.
 – Cesar Cordero, Air Traffic Controller, El Paso International Airport

Read the full story here

The FAA controls more than 5 million square miles of airspace in the U.S. and more than 24 million square miles over oceans. The air traffic system includes towers at airports and terminal approach control facilities, which provide services to aircraft approaching and leaving busy airspace. It also includes 22 centers handling aircraft at high altitudes. These facilities depend on power systems, navigation and weather equipment, and radar and surveillance systems across the country. 

Hover on each item below to learn how the FAA will invest the $1B available in this first-year funding (FY22):

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Small Business Webinar

The FAA's Small Business Office held a third webinar targeted for small businesses and small disadvantaged business firms interested in FAA contracting and subcontracting opportunities in areas of infrastructure supporting air traffic facilities.

In case you missed it, view the presentations from this event on our Getting Started page

Last updated: Monday, August 07, 2023