U.S. Contract Tower Association (USCTA) Policy Board Chair Walt Strong, A.A.E., administrator of the University of Oklahoma's Max Westheimer Airport, will highlight the importance of continued federal support for FAA's Contract Tower Program next week at a hearing before the House aviation subcommittee.
Strong has been invited to testify on behalf of AAAE and USCTA and will join representatives of FAA, DOT's Office of Inspector General, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the National Air Traffic Controllers at the hearing, which will provide "A Review of the FAA's Contract Tower Program."
Subcommittee leaders, all of whom have been supportive of the program, have scheduled the hearing to look at the potential impact of budget constraints and a soon-to-be released assessment from the DOT Inspector General of the program's effectiveness. The DOT IG repeatedly has validated that the contract tower program provides enhanced safety, improved air traffic control services and FAA cost savings, and the new report is expected to be positive as well.
In his testimony, Strong will highlight the economic and safety benefits of the program to his airport and community and to the other 249 participating FAA contract tower airports across the country.