The FAA is tasked with ensuring the national airport system is safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible and meets the needs of the traveling public. The FAA regulates Airports, Pilots, Aircraft Operators, Drones, and oversees the National Airspace System (NAS) among other things.
For detailed information or to learn more about the FAA and its responsibilities and oversight, visit the FAA website at: www.faa.gov
Concord-Padgett Regional Airport
The City of Concord does receive federal funding to help develop and operate the Concord-Padgett Regional Airport and therefore is required to meet the FAA's grant assurances and safety regulations. The airport is inspected on a regular basis to ensure compliance to these standards.
Air Traffic Control
Concord-Padgett Regional Airport (JQF) Control Tower is part of the FAA Contract Tower Program. Contract Towers are air traffic control towers that are staffed by employees of private companies rather than employees of the FAA, but have to meet the same standards and follow the same air traffic procedures. Many controllers are retired FAA controllers or come from military facilities. The Contract Tower at JQF is operated by Robinson Aviation (RVA) and is open from 7 AM to 11 PM daily.
The airspace around Concord-Padgett Regional Airport is controlled airspace, meaning pilots have to follow certain rules and communicate with air traffic control when its operational. The classification of the airpace at JQF is Class "D" Airspace. To learn more about airspace around the airport, visit the FAA website.
Pilots and aircraft operators