The Expected Closure Of The Tower AT The Tweed/New Haven Regional Airport (HVN), BY The FAA
DATE: March 26, 2013
AFCO AvPORTS Management LLC
45025 Aviation Drive, Suite 100, Dulles International Airport,
Dulles, VA 20166 USA
Tel: 703.902.1182 | Fax 703.902.2901
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STATEMENT AVPORTS RE: THE EXPECTED CLOSURE OF THE TOWER AT THE TWEED/NEW HAVEN REGIONAL AIRPORT (HVN), BY THE FAA
Dulles VA — David Grizzle, Chief Operating Officer of the FAA Air Traffic Organization (ATO) convened a conference call this morning (March 25, 2013) to discuss the FAA's timeline for responding to the mandatory sequestration budget cuts. Participating on the call were representative bodies of the Aviation Industry including ACI-NA, AAAE, NASAO and the U.S. Contract Tower Association. Grizzle called this an "unprecedented scenario" and indicated that the FAA was planning as if the new budget levels represent "the new normal" for air traffic control operations.
AFCO AvPORTS Management LLC, (“AvPORTS”), the contracted operator and manager of the Tweed/New Haven Airport on behalf of the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority (“TNHAA”), wishes to assure the traveling public and all the other stakeholders of the HVN that, with the cooperation of the TNHAA, it is taking all the proper and necessary steps to ensure the Airport’s continued safe and secure operation during the period of closure of the control tower and for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, AvPORTS wishes to provide the public with the following additional information by way of a summary and an update:
_The control tower at HVN is being operated by Midwest Air Traffic Control, which is based in Overland Park, Kansas.
_Midwest Air Traffic Control has additional contract tower operations in ten (10) other states.
_The current operational hours of the HVN control tower are from 6AM – 10PM, 7 days per week.
_The FAA Timeline for the closure of the tower at HVN is May 5, 2013.
_There is an established protocol for the safe operation of airports that do not have their own control towers; and, using that protocol, HVN will remain open for business during the closure of the tower and for the foreseeable future.
_To ensure the continued safe operation of HVN, AvPORTS is already training its employees to provide all the weather reports needed by pilots in the absence of the control tower. Further; aircraft will be required to communicate directly with the nearest main FAA Terminal Radar Control Facility (“TRACON”) located in Garden City, NY, for takeoff and landing clearances and instructions
_US Airways has indicated it does not have any planned changes in service as a result of this development.
AvPORTS wishes to thank all concerned for their understanding and patience during this period