U.S. Rep. Jim Costa Visits Fresno ATCT
U.S. Representative Jim Costa (Calif.-21) toured Fresno ATCT and TRACON (FAT) in December. The visit, facilitated by FAT FacRep Jerry O’Gorman, focused on discussing the replacement of the Fresno Tower, originally built in 1962. Rep. Costa expressed his support for FAA reauthorization, emphasizing the critical need for continuous funding to advance FAA projects, modernization, and address training and staffing challenges. The congressman’s visit to the operations area highlighted issues with outdated equipment and the national air traffic controller staffing shortage, which includes Fresno. Costa acknowledged the vital role of air traffic controllers in maintaining public safety and committed to supporting modernization and staffing needs in air traffic control facilities.