Rep. Kelly wins battle with FAA over safety at Stewart Airport
The days of air traffic controllers at Stewart International Airport guiding planes with binoculars are about to come to an end.
Congresswoman Sue Kelly (R-Katonah) went head-to-head with officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over problems with a new $7 million control tower. The impressive high-tech tower that was supposed to improve safety lacked one crucial device -- a radar screen. Kelly?s demand to use the radar screen from the old tower had previously been denied by the FAA, but on Wednesday it overturned its ruling.
Due to the FAA's decision to allow the switch, landings at Stewart Airport are now expected to be even safer since air traffic controllers will be guiding planes from a new tower equipped with a high-tech radar screen.