Leesburg Airport’s Remote Tower Program Funded in Senate Bill

Virginia’s senators are praising a recent bipartisan bill that will continue funding the FAA’s remote tower program, including at Leesburg Executive Airport.

            The fiscal year 2020 appropriations package passed by the Senate last week includes $9.5 million to continue the program. The Leesburg Airport remote tower came about through a partnership with the town, Saab Sensis Corporation, the Virginia SATS Lab, and the Federal Aviation Administration Office of NextGen. 

The first airport in the nation to use the technology, the remote tower system places cameras and other equipment all around the airport, but rather than construct an actual tower, air traffic controllers can work in any space, even off airport property. 

This spring, the Town Council inked an agreement with Loudoun County to move the remote tower off airport property into a larger space in a county-owned building along Miller Drive. That move is expected to occur soon, Public Information Officer Betsy Arnett said.

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