Can an airport not eligible for an FAA tower and controllers choose to fund their own air traffic control tower? Can that airport require pilots to taxi, approach, land, and take off according to their tower's instructions?
If so, are there requirements for the controllers in terms of certification, or can they hire anyone they deem suitable for their airport? Do they have to coordinate with the FAA or air traffic control system in some special way?
The FAA has a Contract Tower program for some airports. The government pays for them and the FAA has oversight in their operation.
I know when the FAA was going to close a bunch of towers, some airports were considering funding the towers themselves. Based on that, I think the answer is yes, they can fund their own and it will have the same authority as any other tower.
Yes, in fact there are a number of Non-Federal Control Towers (NFCT) in the United States. These are NOT the same as Federal Contract Towers (FCT), which are funded by the FAA and operated by contract personnel.
NFCTs, on the other hand, are usually funded by the local airport authority. Some examples (not authoritative or all inclusive): Mojave (MHV), Laughlin/Bullhead City (IFP), and Merritt-Titusville (COI).
Unfortunately, there isn't a consolidated list of all NFCTs. Rather, they are tracked by their respective FAA region. Here are the Southern and Western-Pacific Hub Organization Orders that list their respective NFCTs (not sure if they're current).
Operation of NFCTs is covered by AC 90-93b.
Can an airport not eligible for an FAA tower and controllers choose to fund their own air traffic control tower? Can that airport require pilots to taxi, approach, land, and take off according to their tower's instructions? If so, are there requirements for the controllers in terms of certification, or can they hire anyone they deem suitable for their airport? Do they have to coordinate with the FAA or air traffic control system in some special way?
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