Davis Urges Transportation Secretary Chao to Protect Contract Towers
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) urged U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to protect contract towers, like those that serve airports in Decatur and Bloomington-Normal, during an Aviation Subcommittee hearing yesterday. This was Secretary Chao’s first appearance before the committee since being confirmed.
“Contract towers handle roughly 28 percent of air traffic control operations in the U.S., but the Contract Tower Program only accounts for only 14 percent of the Federal Aviation Administration’s total tower operations budget,” said Davis. “It’s clear that the program safely provides vital air traffic services in a cost-effective way to smaller airports, like Decatur and Bloomington-Normal, that otherwise may not be able to afford a FAA controlled tower. I appreciate Secretary Chao for recognizing the importance of this program and I will continue to work with the administration to protect this vital service as we address our outdated air traffic control system.”
Davis has been a staunch advocate for the Contract Tower Program since coming to Congress. He successfully fought to protect the Contract Tower Program when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed closing 149 contract towers in the past.
More information about yesterday’s hearing on the FAA Authorization can be found here.