Ellis Airport Control Tower Under Construction
Contact: Chris White, A.A.E.
Albert J. Ellis Airport Director
December 4, 2017
For Release: Immediate
ALBERT J. ELLIS AIRPORT BREAKS GROUND ON AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER
Jacksonville, NC - The Onslow County Board of Commissioners will officially break ground on the Air Traffic
Control Tower at the Albert J. Ellis Airport on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 9:30am. This project will
construct a 90-ft, six story facility to manage air traffic arriving and departing from the County operated
commercial service airport. Once completed in late 2018 the new tower will be staffed by FAA certified air
traffic controllers. Local controllers will coordinate air traffic between towers at New River, Wilmington, Cherry
Point, Seymour Johnson, New Bern as well as the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center.
Located along a major north to south corridor, air traffic in the area is frequently busy and over the past few decades, the airspace around Jacksonville has also become more and more congested. These flights include commercial, military, agricultural, medical, business and private aviation. While there have been no serious incidents, the air traffic control tower at Ellis Airport will make the skies safer and benefit commercial and private air traffic as well as military missions.
Wednesday's event will mark the start of the final step in the nearly nine-year process to establish a tower at OAJ. Funded by grants from the FAA, North Carolina Department of Transportation and airport user fees, the new tower is designed to enhance safety, increase efficiency and attract additional businesses to the area. The air traffic controllers will be supplied under contract and funded by the FAA.
Albert J. Ellis Airport
264 Albert Ellis Airport Road
Richlands, North Carolina 28574
Albert J. Ellis Airport, Richlands, NC