After nearly six years of effort, North Texas Regional Airport – Perrin Field will be included in the Federal Aviation Administration’s federal contract tower program.
This major accomplishment would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of many individuals.
For more than six years, representatives for Grayson County have pushed to have North Texas Regional Airport – Perrin Field included in a Federal Aviation Administration program aimed at funding manned control towers.
On Tuesday, inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration came to Grayson County’s North Texas Regional Airport in Denison to see if their control tower met federal standards. “We passed with flying colors,” said county judge Bill Magers. The airport has spent roughly $100,000 over the past few months making changes to the tower like adding a new weather system and updating communication equipment.
Officials with North Texas Regional Airport – Perrin Field still anticipate that the airport could be included in the Federal Aviation Administration’s federal contract tower program as early as Oct. 1.
Officials with North Texas Regional Airport – Perrin Field said the airport could included in a federal program aimed at funding the operations of airport control towers by Oct. 1. The update came during a meeting of the Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority as officials discussed changes ahead of the possible inclusion.”That is pretty aggressive, but that’s what I am hearing from everybody,” NTRA Airport Manager Bob Torti said Thursday.
For the first time in more than 45 years, planes took off and landed on both parallel runways at North Texas Regional Airport – Perrin Field Thursday morning. Airport officials reopened the 4,000-foot 17-Right runway following a $70,000 restoration project.The runway was decommissioned in 1971 with the closure of the airbase and its transition to a general aviation airport.
Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said it was just a little over two years ago that Grayson County, the Regional Mobility Authority and Texas Aviation Partners entered into an agreement that for the first time in North Texas Regional Airport – Perrin Field’s history saw a management company running the airport.Magers said since that was new ground for the county and the airport, they put the contract on a two-year review schedule that allowed Texas Aviation Partners to terminate the
June 21–The control tower at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field could be funded by the Federal Aviation Administration by year’s end, officials with the airport said Thursday. The news came as part of the airport manager’s report dur
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.