how can I find out which airports are operated by the FAA and which are FAA-contract (or even independently operated)? I'm currently looking specifically at IWA, Phoenix Gateway Tower.

  • $\begingroup$ I think we need an ASE question asking what is the significance to pilots if a tower is a Contract tower. If it hasn't already been covered-- $\endgroup$ Dec 29 '21 at 16:02
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    $\begingroup$ Does this answer your question? Can an airport without an FAA controlled tower have their own tower and controllers? $\endgroup$
    – randomhead
    Dec 29 '21 at 19:30
  • $\begingroup$ The document linked in the as-duplicate thread lists airports that are FCT & NFCT, including IWN (an FCT). Voting to close as duplicate. $\endgroup$
    – Ralph J
    Dec 30 '21 at 0:16
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    $\begingroup$ @RalphJ: the suggested duplicate question does not answer the OP's question. The links reference (for example, IFP and VCV) as as NFCTs when they are now (currently) FCTs. This question should stay open in order to answer the specific question asked (it is more current). Also, the question was about IWA not IWN. – $\endgroup$
    – 757toga
    Dec 30 '21 at 1:46
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    $\begingroup$ @757toga I think I'll respectfully disagree (except re IWN - that was a typo in my comment). This question asks "how can I tell..." and the answer in the linked question provides links to documents with lists. And the list there includes IWA and matches the info shown below. If the linked documents are out of date, best to fix that in one place (that question) rather than have separate questions linking to differently-dated documents. $\endgroup$
    – Ralph J
    Dec 30 '21 at 3:19

The Air Traffic Control Tower at KIWA (Phoenix - Mesa Gateway Airport) is operated through Serco Management Services Company.

See the remarks section at Skyvector's airport information page:


The FAA maintains a page with information about the FAA Contract Tower program, including this map (click for direct link):

Map showing all FAA Contract Tower locations in the United States

Note that Non-Federal Contract Towers also exist; see this answer for more information.

Also NOTE: There are other questions on this site that have asked and answered similar questions. Some of the data (relating to FCTs and NFCTs) in the other questions are not current. The data in this answer are current as of the date of the answer.

  • $\begingroup$ Do they no longer put NFCT (rather than CT) on the sectionals? Or is that something different? $\endgroup$
    – StephenS
    Dec 29 '21 at 16:17
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    $\begingroup$ @StephenS: NFCT (non federal control tower) and FCT (federal contract tower) are different. Open the second link in my answer above and look for a link to JO 7210.78. That Order will explain they are two different programs. $\endgroup$
    – 757toga
    Dec 29 '21 at 17:01
  • $\begingroup$ StephenS: I believe that on a sectional chart there will be just a "CT" in blue for airports with any type of control tower. – 757toga $\endgroup$
    – 757toga
    Dec 30 '21 at 0:47

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