Control Tower Avoca Airport to be Activated â from the Pittston Gazette, 27 October 1954
New $251,000 control tower at Avoca Airport will be activated, it is expected, November 4, Howard M. Shafer, airport manager disclosed today. The tower, one of the largest and newest in operation nationally jets skyward 70 feet and is comparable in size to the tower at Idlewild, N.Y. The port manager added that the tower will be a contribution to the way of safety and will expedite operation in departure and arrival of aircraft in instrument weather. Benefits derived from the tower will extend the metropolitan area of New York since Avoca is a New York-Chicago airway. Transfer of the Interstate Airways Communication Station from its own building at the Airport to the tower was practically completed yesterday. This station will work in conjunction with the Airport Traffic Control from the tower. The local port, the manager said, is one of the busiest sectors in which CAA maintains the communications. Under construction the last two years, the tower has been formally accepted from the contractor, William Heck, Wilkes-Barre, by the portâs bi-county board of management. Half the total cost was paid by CAA, 25 per cent by the state and 12Â½ per cent each by Luzerne and Lackawanna counties which operate the port. Surveillance radar will be in operation at the tower within a few months.
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