Dent says FAA decision to keep TRACON facility open in Grant County great news for the region

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently decided not to recommend closure of the Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility at the Grant County International Airport (GCIA). The FAA's decision is the culmination of years of work, mandated by Congress, that directed the agency to review similar facilities across the country.

Rep. Tom Dent, who has more than 40 years of flying experience, was pleased with the decision.

“This is big news. The TRACON facilities in Grant County, along with the Grant County International Airport, provide a number of jobs and services vital to Washington's aerospace and military sectors in the region,” said Dent, R-Moses Lake. “If TRACON had relocated or closed, we could have lost the ability to blend important needs of our military and aerospace sectors.”

Dent had drafted legislation at the state level, House Joint Memorial 4013, to showcase the benefits TRACON brings to the region, including opportunities for potential future pilots, and to demonstrate the widespread interest in maintaining the facility in Moses Lake.

Port of Moses Lake Executive Director Jeff Bishop is appreciative of Dent's efforts.

“The Port of Moses Lake would like to thank Representative Dent for his tireless efforts in sponsoring House Joint Memorial 4013 to educate members of the Legislature, the governor's office and other stakeholders on the importance of the TRACON facility to Moses Lake,” said Bishop. “The port is fortunate that Representative Dent, who is a pilot, understands the technical and operational aspects of the TRACON facility. He was able to combine that knowledge with an understanding of the important role that the port plays in supporting the aerospace sector in Washington state and in assisting our country's military training needs.”

Dent said the FAA's decision reflects the efforts of many.

“We received strong support from Senator Cantwell, Senator Murray, Congressman Newhouse, and Congresswoman McMorris-Rodgers. My seatmates, Senator Warnick and Representative Manweller, have also communicated with the FAA to ensure they know the importance of this issue,” said Dent. “We can now move forward knowing TRACON will strengthen our aerospace and military presence in Grant County.”

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