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Federal Aviation Administration holds groundbreaking for new air-traffic tower at PTI

June 06, 2019 / Richard M. Barron

The Federal Aviation Administration showcased its plans for a new air-traffic control tower at Piedmont Triad International Airport at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday. The $61 million tower has been under construction since April and Wednesday’s ceremony featured FAA officials, airport officials and regional leaders turning spades of dirt near a large rendering of the 180-foot tower. Guests also included former Sen. Kay Hagan and former Airport Authority Chairman Henry Isaacson. Steve Showfety, chairman of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, said in a news release that the current air-traffic control tower was opened 45 years ago. The new tower will allow the airport to add new passenger service and other new flights to the airport, Showfety said. The FAA said the new control tower will be topped by a 550-square-foot tower cab to accommodate up to eight positions for air traffic controllers. The 15,650-square-foot base building will house what the FAA calls the Terminal Rad...