Ground Breaks on new PBI TRACON
Thursday, February 05, 2015

It took 12 years of hard work and collaboration, but the payoff in West Palm Beach (PBI) is finally taking shape. The construction of the new PBI TRACON is the final step in what was a long and, at times, contentious issue. The members of South Florida facilities worked with their Congressional representatives and local officials to bring the project to reality.

"It is a very busy and exciting time for PBI," said PBI FacRep Bill Fiedler. It has been a long, windy road to get where we are today and without the support of national and regional leadership, we would not be here today. So many talented people within NATCA, from a variety of facilities, have been tireless in their support to see this project through. With this new facility and technologies we look forward to providing an even more efficient and safer service to the users."

The new TRACON will also mean the transfer of airspace from Miami Center to PBI TRACON, allowing it to provide approach control services to Vero Beach and Fort Pierce.

“This represents a lot of work by a lot of people in South Florida,” former South Florida Legislative Coordinator and current NATCA TAMR National Representative Mitch Herrick. “We are excited for this project and this facility's eventual transition to STARS."

The TRACON construction project and STARS installation is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016. 

"This represents the final stages of NATCA helping the Agency find ways to improve the NAS and do the right thing for the aviation community in Florida," said James Marinitti, the eight-year FacRep at Miami Tower/TRACON who has been involved in all aspects of this process for over 10 years.