NTRA control tower passes inspection to get federal funding

Published: Aug. 28, 2018 at 4:17 PM CDT
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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.

The last element is building a security fence which they've already started work on and expect to have complete this week.

"Now all we have left is the fence and we should be good to do for a start date on Oct. 1," said Stacey Batch, Director of Operations and Administration for Texas Aviation Partners.

The employees that work in the tower now be paid by the FAA instead of the county. saving taxpayers about $300,000 annually.

"The key thing is, we're now in the select group of airports that are FAA controlled. That's a huge deal," Magers said.

Magers said being in the FAA program will allow them go after federal and state grants, and allow them to bring in more businesses and jobs to the community.

"It's one economic development, one step forward," Magers said. "I'm very excited."