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NOAA Hurricane Hunters Locate to New Florida Home

5 Jun 2017, 10:21 am

Federal, state, and local officials cut the ribbon on the new facility for NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida last week. The center is the main base for NOAA’s nine specialized environmental data-gathering aircraft, including the agency’s three “hurricane hunter” planes.

NOAA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Live

Live from the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aircraft Operations Center. Welcome, NOAA!

Posted by City of Lakeland, FL – Government on Friday, June 2, 2017

“Our new state of the art home in Lakeland ensures NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center will continue to protect lives and property by collecting the high-quality data our hurricane forecasters need to keep Americans safe from severe weather,” said Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator. “I offer my sincere thanks to all of our partners for their great work in getting us ready for operations in this new facility so quickly.”

Federal, state and local officials today cut the ribbon on the new facility for NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center at…

Posted by NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center on Friday, June 2, 2017

NOAA aircraft play a vital role in collecting environmental data essential to protecting lives and property, conserving and managing coastal as well as marine resources, and understanding weather and climate. NOAA’s aircraft fleet is maintained and operated by a team of 110 civilians and officers of the NOAA Corps, one of the nation’s uniformed services, which can trace its roots back to 1807 and President Thomas Jefferson.

Look who just arrived! Today we welcome The NOAA Hurricane Hunters to their new home!

Posted by Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Designed by The Lunz Group and built by Register Construction, the new facility includes a 58,000-square-foot aircraft hangar, office space, and facilities for aircraft repairs and component storage.

NOAA awarded a 10-year lease to ​the City of Lakeland in November following a competitive lease award process. NOAA sought to lease a facility after being notified by the U.S. Air Force in February 2016 that MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, needed more space for refueling jets. NOAA had occupied the MacDill hanger since 1993.

[Credit: Lakeland Linder Regional Airport]

The lease competition was open to airport facilities within 50 road-miles of the MacDill Air Force Base main gate. NOAA took into account the need to retain AOC’s highly skilled and specialized workforce when defining the lease competition area.


For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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