(Washington, D.C., December 4, 2008) -- Management of the nation's air traffic control system will move to a permanent home in a state-of-the-art facility near Warrenton, VA in 2011, when a new Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control System Command Center is completed.
Federal and local officials today broke ground for the new facility. The existing command center near Washington Dulles International Airport will close when its lease expires in 2011.
Acting FAA Administrator Robert A. Sturgell said the 63,000-square-foot building that will house the FAA's new command center will share its site with the FAA's Potomac TRACON, a consolidated approach and departure control facility serving Washington, Baltimore and Richmond-area airports.
"This is what state-of-the-art looks like," Sturgell said. "As a nation, we're moving to satellite-based air traffic control, and this facility will help us reap the benefits. This is the headquarters for air traffic control efficiency."
The command center will continue to oversee the nation's entire air traffic control system, including air traffic control towers, approach and departure facilities and high-altitude control centers. The facility also will monitor all electronic navigation aids.
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