New Tower by 2008 AirVenture?


The FAA says that if contractors can finish Wittman Field’s new air traffic control tower in time, it can be ready to use it for next year’s EAA AirVenture. FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said that if they can occupy the building by the end of next February, that will give technicians enough time to install all the new gear that is going in the taller, modern facility. However, the EAA isn’t counting on having the new tower.

In a meeting with reporters on the final day of AirVenture, EAA President Tom Poberezny said the facility will be complete by the 2009 event for sure. Even though the existing tower could remain and not disrupt the new tower’s sight lines, the plan is to demolish the old building. No decision has been made on the use of the space.