For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 16-00
July 21, 2000
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (817) 222-5804 or (405) 954-7500


TO: ASSIGNMENT, NEWS EDITORS

EVENT: FORT WORTH AIR ROUTE TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTER TO OPEN 40-YEAR-OLD TIME CAPSULE SATURDAY, JUNE 24

WHO: Dignitaries include Air Traffic, Airway Facilities executives, union officials, retired controllers and several Congressional staffers. Rep. Martin Frost is scheduled to speak.

WHAT: Time capsule ceremony; media tours of air traffic control room immediately before and after ceremonies. (Note: camera lights not permitted in control room).

WHEN: Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24 on the lawn outside the center's main entrance next to parking facilities.

WHERE: Fort Worth Center, 13800 FAA Road, Fort Worth. Center is located adjacent to American Airlines Training Center, South of D/FW International Airport.

NARRATIVE: Controllers at The Fort Worth Air Route Traffic Control Center, which began operations at their present location March 31, 1962, handle aircraft flying in a 147,000-square-mile area that covers portions of five states — Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico. Some 500 air traffic personnel, including controllers, and approximately 75 airway facilities personnel, including technicians who maintain and certify the equipment, work in the facility. Controllers handle several million flights a year and only last week handled 7,388 planes in one 24-hour period, high for the year.

The time capsule was buried in June, 1960, when the building was under construction and is believed to contain historical data, newspapers and other materials.

Media wishing to attend should report to control gate for temporary security passes. Tours immediately before and after ceremonies.

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