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Tower Project Will Bring Permanent Jobs To University Park Airport

on June 03, 2010 5:09 PM

The new air-traffic-control tower at University Park Airport will bring seven additional jobs to the facility, growing overall employment there by nearly 10 percent next year, airport authorities said.

A manager and a half-dozen air-traffic controllers will work in the tower, said airport Director Bryan Rodgers. He said the tower will be staffed and operational an expected 16 hours a day.

Midwest Air Traffic Control Service Inc., under contract with the Federal Aviation Administration, will oversee the hiring and staffing for the tower. It wasn't clear whether the traffic-control jobs will be entirely new positions or positions transferred from New York Center, the traffic-control hub that now directs flights into and out of University Park Airport. Midwest Air Traffic Control does not release those details.

Either way, aviation experts have said the $3.9 million tower will strengthen safety and make the airport more attractive to a variety of aviation operators. Crews last week successfully hoisted a 59,000-pound steel frame atop the 80-foot structure. The frame forms the skeleton of what will be an air-traffic-control room overlooking the skies and runways.

This week, crews are painting the tower's exterior.

"A lot of interior work will start to happen now, too," with technology systems and wiring, Rodgers said.

Construction is on track for completion by early November. The tower is expected to be operational by January.

Earlier coverage, with photos: Frame Lifted For Control Tower At University Park Airport

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