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MCAS Cherry Point Assumes Air Traffic Control Responsiblities

Marine Corps Installations East Regional Air Space Coordinator Dave Plummer

On February 5th, Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point will be responsible for civilian and military air traffic control over northeastern North Carolina.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Currently, First Flight Airstrip in Kill Devil Hills, Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo, Plymouth Airport in Plymouth, and Warren Field Airport in Beaufort County receive air traffic control services from the FAA’s Washington Center, in Leesburg, Virginia.  Marine Corps Installations East Regional Air Space Coordinator David Plummer says the transfer of airspace will give the military greater flexibility when training.

“Washington Center is divesting themselves of this service, it really doesn’t match what they’re built to do.  And we are acquiring this service and we are built to do it.”

Plummer says air traffic controllers at Cherry Point will relay real time restricted area and route information locally, ensuring the safety of both civilian and military aircraft.  I’m Jared Brumbaugh.

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.