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New Control Tower Operational At MacArthur Airport

Islip Town also announces plans for new triathlon that will benefit service members.

Officials at Long Island MacArthur Airport recently celebrated the official opening of the airport's new control tower, which replaces the existing tower that has served the airport since 1963.

The 159-foot high tower has a 525-square-foot tower cab and cost approximately $20 million to construct. The air traffic control tower is more than 50 feet taller than the old tower, giving controllers a better view of airport operations. Additionally, controllers will now be using the latest in voice communication technology to communicate with pilots. 

According to airport officials, the facility has the most advanced equipment to record air traffic communications. It also has state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems, as well as fire protection, security, power distribution and grounding systems.

“This new tower will enhance safety and efficiency of air travel in and out of Long Island,” said Phil Nolan, Islip Town supervisor.

Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbit added, “The enhanced sight-lines and a state-of-the-art communications system represent important safety enhancements for passengers flying to and from MacArthur Airport.”

Triathlon Coming To Islip Town

The Town of Islip will host the inaugural TRIslip triathlon on Sunday, September 25. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hope for the Warriors Foundation.

The town will organize the race in conjunction with EventPower, which has produced more than 100 multi-sport events on Long Island since 1994.  The race, a sprint triathlon, will take place early in the morning at the Bay Shore Marina Park. Islip residents will receive a $5 discount from the registration fee.

“Combining an athletic event with benefiting such a worthwhile cause is tremendous” said Councilman John Edwards. “I am anticipating an enthusiastic response from the community.”

Founded in 2006, Hope for the Warriors is a national, not-for-profit organization that provides support for wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen.  Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for service members and their families who have been adversely affected by injuries or death in the line of duty. 

Those seeking more information about the race should call Edwards’ office at (631) 224-5559 and check EventPower’s website at www.eventpowerli.com.  For information about Hope for the Warriors, visit the organization’s website www.hopeforthewarriors.org.


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