The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, which included Rep. Dan Lipinski’s amendment to fund air traffic control towers at smaller airports.
This could help airports such as the one at Lewis University in Romeoville.
“Small airports play an essential role in America’s aviation system, and these airports can play an even bigger role if more are equipped with air traffic control towers,” Lipinski, D-Western Springs, said in a statement. “That is why I offered an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill to allow smaller airports to apply for grants from the Small Airport Fund to construct control towers.”
The university’s airport handles more than 100,000 arrivals and departures annually and is the home of a “top-notch” aviation program, according to the statement.
“Lewis University Airport is fortunate to have such an active, engaged advocate in Congress who understand the needs of his constituents and those of the airport,” said Chris Lawson, Lewis University Airport director.
The Joliet Regional Port District Board Chairman David Silverman also applauded the amendment, saying a control tower was much needed. The board oversees Lewis University Airport.
“We applaud the Congressman for his creative thinking in authoring this legislation, and for his long-time advocacy on behalf of the airport and Will County,” Silverman said. “We are fortunate to have him fighting for our region, and we thank him for his commitment to increasing safety.”