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Budget Cuts Silence Some Air Traffic Control Towers

David Greene talks to Yvette Aehle, director of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, about her plans to shut down the airport's air traffic control tower. Because of sequestration, the FAA will no longer pay for air traffic controllers at 144 smaller airports.

Three airports sue FAA over planned control tower shutdowns this month

A trio of airports are suing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over their air traffic control towers because of the sequester. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said that it will begin to close 149 air traffic control towers this month because it has to reduce its spending by $600 million due to the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration.

Airports suing FAA over planned tower shutdowns

Airport operators are mounting a legal challenge to the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to cut funding for 149 air traffic control towers, accusing the agency of violating federal law meant to ensure major changes at airports do not erode safety.

THUNE AND SHUSTER: The FAA's unfriendly skies

Leaders are supposed to solve problems. When confronted with challenges, they step forward with solutions. Yet as the deadline for sequestration looms, we are sadly faced with an administration that seems more focused on holding campaign rallies than finding smarter ways to identify cost savings and to continue growing our economy.

Thune, Shuster Question Administration’s Choice to Close Contract Towers

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD) and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) wrote today to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, expressing concerns about the potential impact on aviation safety due to the Administration’s choice to close 149 contract towers around the country.

Across general aviation, 'sequester' impacts loom

With a March deadline fast approaching for once-unthinkable automatic federal budget cuts under sequestration, AOPA and the GA community are sizing up the possible impact. Could 2,000 controllers lose their jobs? Would more than 200 airports lose their tower? And could it be the end of airshows?

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