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DOT IG Finds Lower Incident Rates at Contractor Towers

DOT IG Finds Lower Incident Rates at Contractor Towers - top government contractors - best government contracting eventAuditors at the Transportation Department found lower rates of safety incidents occurred at contract towers compared to towers run by the Federal Aviation Administration, Fierce Government reports.

The department’s office of the inspector general compared 240 contract towers and 92 similar FAA towers for its report.

Pilots, flight instructors, airport officials and other aviation stakeholders support the use of contract towers, the report said, adding auditors found pilots were often surprised to learn they were interacting with contract towers.

DOT auditors also found FAA towers cost on average three times more to operate than contract towers, partly because agency towers have twice as much personnel.

For that finding, auditors compared a sample 30 contract towers to 300 FAA-run towers with similar air density.

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