More Good News for Boise
Friday, October 15, 2010

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi traveled to Boise this week where he joined BOI FacRep Mark Griffin, Northwest Mountain RVP Jim Ullmann and National Realignment Committee Chairman Mitch Herrick in meetings with the FAA and local elected officials. The results of the discussion were successful as the FAA announced that Boise will receive TAMR3 as an automation platform.

This announcement comes on the heels of the FAA JRC (Joint Resources Council) announcement that a final investment decision is near on TAMR3 (Terminal Automation Modernization Replacement). TAMR3 is the investment decision to have one automation platform in all terminal facilities, and that platform will be installed in the new Boise Tower/TRACON that currently is under construction.

"This is a great day for the FAA and for NATCA" said Rinaldi of the decision -- one that not only brings closure to various issues facing the TRACON but will open up the opportunity for a NextGen-capable facility moving forward that will have the ability to enhance and expand services to the region. 

"This is a great example of looking collaboratively at a business case and making the right decision, even if that decision is a change of direction. It just makes good sense," added Rinaldi. "It's an example of the leadership of the FAA administrator and his commitment to doing things openly and fairly for the right reasons."

The decision is the latest in a series of positive changes for Boise members, whose TRACON just last June avoided relocation to Salt Lake City after numerous protests from Congress, city officials and the aviation community.

"Many people worked to achieve the successful outcome of keeping Boise TRACON in Boise,” stated Griffin. “My thanks go out to Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Congressmen Walt Minnick and Mike Simpson, and Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with the leaders of NATCA.”

Continued Griffin: “Instrumental in the decision was the relationship between NATCA and FAA Administrator Babbitt, along with Congressman Minnick's efforts at having the Inspector General's Office look at the financial implications of moving Boise TRACON to Salt Lake City, leading to a reversal of the relocation decision."

Click here
 to read Friday's article in Idaho Statesman regarding the decision for advanced technology.