New ATC Tower at New York’s LaGuardia

THE FEDERAL AVIATION Administration has dedicated its new 233ft (71m) high airport traffic control tower at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.  The new facility is 82ft (25m) higher than the one it replaces which has served the airport since 1964.  The total cost of designing, constructing and fitting-out the new tower was approximately $100 million.  It is equipped with the latest aviation technology, including Airport Surface Detection System Model X (ASDE-X) which allows controllers to track surface movement of aircraft and vehicles.  Controllers will also be using the Integrated Control and Monitoring System (ICMS) which consolidates information including navigational aid displays into one screen.  According to US Transport Secretary Ray LaHood; “LaGuardia Airport plays an important role in our country’s aviation infrastructure.  This modern tower will help enhance the safety and efficiency of air travel in and out of the New York metropolitan area.”  Air traffic controllers at LaGuardia handled nearly 400,000 take-offs and landings from the airport in 2010.