Technical Center Celebrates 50 Years

Over the years, it has served as the core facility for modernizing the air traffic control system and for advancing programs to enhance aviation safety in all stages of flight.


June 27 – The Technical Center will celebrate its Golden Anniversary with a host of activities on Tuesday, July 1, centered around a ceremony at 10 a.m. in the technical building atrium.

The keynote speaker will be ATO Senior Vice President for NextGen and Operations Planning Victoria Cox. Special guests will include Ambassador William J. “Bill” Hughes, Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson. and many other local officials.

The nationally acclaimed United States Marine Forces Reserve Band, based in Quantico, Virginia, will perform during the program, and Technical Center Director Dr. Wilson Felder will recognize the military veterans and volunteers who served at Naval Air Station Atlantic City, who are present.

The Technical Center began operations as the National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center on July 1, 1958. During the next 50 years, the center played a key role in creating the nation’s modern air traffic control system. The Technical Center is the nation’s leading federal laboratory for the research, development, test and evaluation of air transportation systems. Over the years, it has served as the core facility for modernizing the air traffic control system and for advancing programs to enhance aviation safety in all stages of flight.

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