The city of McKinney recently announced the Pete and Nancy Huff Air Traffic Control Tower at McKinney National Airport was awarded the 2015 Facility of the Year by Robinson Aviation (RVA) Inc. for its significant contributions to the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System.
“Air-traffic safety is our company’s first and foremost goal and this tower has consistently exceeded that goal to earn this recognition,” RVA Vice President for Operations Charlie Taylor said.
RVA holds a contract with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide air traffic control at 97 different airports throughout the central and eastern portions of the United States.
The six-person tower team was graded for compliance with safety regulations, operational efficiency, best practices and customer service.
“Receiving this recognition lends great credit to the professionalism and exceptional services provided by our air traffic control tower,” said Ken Wiegand, McKinney National Airport director. “Since the tower opened, pilots, staff and airport users have shown continuous appreciation and support for the men and women who keep McKinney’s air space safe.”
In 2011, McKinney National Airport replaced a temporary air traffic control tower that was established in 1996 with a new state-of-the-art facility.
“This modern tower provides an enhanced view of the entire airfield, which increases aircraft safety in the air and on the ground,” said Dave Roesch, tower manager.
The tower was also recognized by Pilots’ Choice Awards as the No. 1 air traffic control tower in the U.S. the past two years.