For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 20-00
September 25, 2000
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — Fort Worth Meacham International Airport's air traffic tower has been named national air traffic control facility of the year for 1999 by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Controllers at Fort Worth's Meacham Airport were honored in ceremonies at their facility Monday, when national air traffic control officials present awards for handling 2 million operations without an error.

Ron Morgan, director of the FAA's Air Traffic Services in Washington, presented the award along with Doug Murphy, air traffic manager for FAA's Southwest Region. Other state and local officials also presented their congratulations to the controllers.

Daniel E. Koch, manager of Meacham Tower noted, "Meacham tower ranks as the third busiest air traffic control tower in the Southwest region in total traffic, and thirty-sixth in the nation.

The FAA has 27 air traffic control staff and 12 airway facilities support specialists at Meacham Tower. The tower was dedicated in 1963, and FAA's presence at the airport goes back an additional 15 years.