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Reno airport gets new traffic control tower

October 27, 2010, 12:52 pm

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport has a new air traffic control tower. The new tower stands nearly three times higher than the one it replaced, which was built in 1957.

The more modern piece of equipment will help air traffic controllers perform their jobs better. The old tower, for example, experienced a lot of glare. The new facility has double-thick shades to make it easier to see.

Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt says the tower is good for the airport.

"This is a great day for aviation in Nevada," says Babbitt. "The new tower will improve safety and efficiency by providing controllers with better airfield views and more modern equipment."

Ensuring air traffic controllers can properly see is crucial for safety. Their main job is to regulate traffic to ensure planes don't collide.

In addition to making the new tower considerably higher, the runways at the airport have also been made longer.

Television news station KTVN in Reno says that the airport renovations created 140 jobs over the two-year construction period. The station reports that the old tower had to be replaced due to safety concerns over the structure.

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