Air Traffic Control

This article appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Texoma Living!.

The Federal Aviation Administration expects to hire more than 12,000 new Air Traffic Controllers over the next decade and that means business for Grayson County’s North Texas Regional Airport. Mike Shahan, the airport director, says the rarely used control tower will be very active again beginning this summer. It’s part of a deal with L-3 Communications to train new controllers. If all goes well our airspace could eventually ascend to “Class B” designation. Most Class B airspace extends from the surface to 10,000 feet up and with a diameter of 40 nautical miles. Pilots would be required to obtain a clearance from air traffic control (ATC) before entering our space and then maintain radio contract while up there in our air.