Years of toil by U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) culminated lucratively on April 3 with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) clearing the North Texas Regional Airport (NTRA) to participate in the Federal Contract Tower Program, a move expected to save Read more…
Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout. North Texas Regional Airport – Perrin Field’s control tower is now a candidate for the the Federal Aviation Administration’s contract tower program. U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe and County Judge Bill Magers talked about the new status for the local control tower during Tuesday’s Commissioners Court meeting.
The North Texas Regional Airport control tower was just promoted to candidate for the federal control tower program, which would fund the airport and save taxpayers $300,000 annually. Congressman John Ratcliffe came to Grayson County commissioner’s court Tuesday to announce the big step.
SHERMAN, Texas — North Texas Regional Airport has been accepted as a candidate to change the way its control tower is managed. Currently, Grayson County spends about $300,000 a year to staff the tower, but it’s been trying for the last six years to shift that operation to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Contract Tower Program, which provides services for more than 250 small airports in 46 states.
Jan. 17–Grayson County’s application to secure more than $550,000 in federal funding for the air traffic control tower at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field has moved one step closer toward possible approval. U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe’s district director Jason Sutton told the Grayson County Commissioners Court of the application’s progress Tuesday morning.
Grayson County officials said taxpayers will save about $300,000 annually starting in the Fall. Commissioners said after almost five years, the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to take over funding the North Texas Regional Airport tower funding on Oct. 1. Currently, tower expenses cost Grayson County taxpayers around $300,000 per year.
Nov. 04–A second runway at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field could soon be opened. Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said opening the second, shorter runway could leave more time for bigger planes to use the one that is currentl