The Federal Aviation Administration commissioned a new state-of-the-art air traffic control tower at the Orlando International Airport at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, September 15. The new tower, at 345 feet is the tallest in North America
“The new tower is an ideal environment for air traffic controllers to continue to provide the safest service to the flying public,” said Carolyn Blum, FAA Southern Regional administrator. “With its increased height and advanced technology, the tower is poised to support the impressive growth of the Orlando International Airport today and well into the future.”
Attached to the new tower is an 11,700-square foot base building, which contains the electronic systems and administrative offices. The new tower and base building are located near the old tower. Total cost of the project is $28.7 million. It was built by FAA
and funded by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. Ongoing and future airport development, and the need for controllers to have unobstructed views of the entire airfield required construction of the taller tower, which sits 126 feet higher than the facility it replaces.
“It has always been our vision to provide the facilities to meet this region’s demands for aviation. This project enables the airport to expand with few constraints,” said C. W. Jennings, Executive Director for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “The partnership in developing this facility demonstrates our commitment to safe and efficient travel.”
More than 120 FAA employees work at the Orlando Tower, 105 air traffic control
employees, and 24 airway facilities employees who maintain the building and
air traffic control equipment. The Orlando Tower handled over 326,000
operations in the year 2001, making it the 34th busiest tower nationwide.