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Delegation urges control towers stay open

GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

BEVERLY — The state’s congressional delegation is once again urging the federal government not to close air traffic control towers at six airports in the state, including Beverly Municipal Airport.

In a Nov. 22 letter to the head of the Federal Aviation Administration, Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, as well as the state’s eight House congressional members, said they are concerned that the FAA is again considering closing the towers due to budget cuts.

Flight Towers Stay Open

U-T San Diego

Air traffic control towers at small airports across the United States, including Ramona Airport and Brown Field in Otay Mesa, will keep operating today regardless of the budget showdown in Washington, D.C., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA promises to continue funding for control tower

The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

MAXWELTON — Under the shadow of a potential federal government shutdown, the Federal Aviation Administration assured a Greenbrier Valley Airport official Monday the Maxwelton facility’s air-traffic control tower will remain open.

“The FAA came out with a contingency plan,” airport manager Jerry O’Sullivan said. “The plan calls for the FAA to fund the contract towers, like ours.”

Tweed says it will continue operating if tower funds cut

NEW HAVEN >> Tweed New Haven Regional Airport officials believe the airport and its contract-operated control tower will continue to operate in the event that Congress fails to authorize continued spending beyond the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year.

But in the absence of specific assurances from the Federal Aviation Administration, they can’t say for sure.

NWFL Beaches International Airport's Control Tower Could Lose Funding

PANAMA CITY BEACH - The airport and 251 small and medium sized airports participate in a FAA contract tower program.

The program allows the airport to save money and use less air traffic controllers than an a FAA control tower, but airport officials say the FAA could be eliminating the program entirely in the 2014 budget, putting all the financial responsibilities on the airport.

Risk of Flight Delays Returns as FAA Weighs Controller Furloughs - Businessweek

Flight delays caused by air-traffic controller furloughs are at risk of recurring as the Federal Aviation Administration considers sending workers home without pay during the next fiscal year amid a funding shortfall.

FAA officials have told aviation industry officials and lawmakers that a new round of furloughs will be needed to close a budget gap of as much as $700 million in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, four people briefed by agency leaders said. They asked not to be named because the meetings were private.

Airport manager fears tower closure

Boston.com

Norwood Memorial Airport manager Russ Maguire is urging that a plan be put in place soon to keep control towers like the one in Norwood open beyond Sept. 30. “As was evident earlier this year when the FAA announced its intention to close its contract towers, any uncertainty over funding will most likely create significant safety and operational concerns in our community, and, within the flying public,” wrote Maguire in a letter to US Senator Elizabeth Warren, with copies sent to Senator Edward Markey, US Representative Stephen Lynch, and state and local officials.

Tribune: Fate of Four Idaho Airport Towers Up in the Air

Boise Weekly

A stop-gap effort to keep air-traffic control operations going at small airports in Idaho and across the nation could once again run out of funding, and airport managers are sounding the alarm. When the so-called sequestration kicked in last spring, pulling $486 million from the Federal Aviation Administration, Congress stepped in to move approximately $250 million from unspent funds to the FAA to keep traffic control towers open.

Congress Rescues Controllers, Small Towers and Flies Home

Aviation International News

In the space of less than 24 hours in late April, Congress passed a bill that staved off air traffic controller furloughs and produced “found” money to keep low-activity contract control towers operating. With lawmakers eying another vacation that would officially begin on April 27 and end on May 5, the Senate passed a measure on the night of April 25 that would prevent furloughs of essential FAA employees, including air traffic controllers.

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