Central Texas airports face cuts

Airport Executive: Possible FAA Control Closures not “Studied Adequately”

By: Kevin Schwaller
Updated: February 26, 2013

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BRANSON, Mo. — Those watching the skies are also watching Washington.
A list from the Federal Aviation Administration puts the Branson Airport’s air traffic control up for possible closure, if federal spending cuts kick in March 1.
Press Release: FAA Planning for $600 Million in 2013 Spending Cuts
“Our main thought is that this hasn’t been studied adequately,” says Jeff Bourk, executive director of the Branson Airport. “With Southwest Airlines coming into Branson, with Frontier Airlines here, and the amount of public we have flying in and out of the airport, the thought of shutting down an air traffic control tower at a facility like that just doesn’t make sense to us.”

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Airport Executive: Possible FAA Control Closures not “Studied Adequately”

By: Kevin Schwaller
Updated: February 26, 2013

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480x360.jpg
controller_480.gif
watch video

BRANSON, Mo. — Those watching the skies are also watching Washington.
A list from the Federal Aviation Administration puts the Branson Airport’s air traffic control up for possible closure, if federal spending cuts kick in March 1.
Press Release: FAA Planning for $600 Million in 2013 Spending Cuts
“Our main thought is that this hasn’t been studied adequately,” says Jeff Bourk, executive director of the Branson Airport. “With Southwest Airlines coming into Branson, with Frontier Airlines here, and the amount of public we have flying in and out of the airport, the thought of shutting down an air traffic control tower at a facility like that just doesn’t make sense to us.”

– See more at: http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=772882#sthash.Vvvvey4H.dpuf

FAA to cut $600 million by September Updated: Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013, 10:34 PM CSTCasey James
AUSTIN (KXAN) – Headaches could soon turn into migraines for flyers if the Federal Aviation Administration is forced to cut $600 million within six months due to the automatic cuts generated by the sequestration.
More than 100 air traffic control towers could be targeted to close and travelers could experience delays of 90 minutes to major airport hub cities.
At Austin Bergstrom International Airport, the control tower’s midnight shift will likely be cut, along with 60 other towers across the country.
The majority of the FAA’s 47,000 employees will also be forced to take a furlough day every two weeks.
When it comes to who is manning those incoming and outgoing flights, the FAA might have less air traffic controllers working at any given time — which in turn reduces the number of fights the airport can handle, which means canceled flights and more delays for you.
The FAA and US Secretary of Transportation sent out a letter that includes this statement.
“Safety is our top priority, and in the course of implementing the operational changes, we may reduce the efficiency of the national airspace in order to maintain the highest safety standards.”
But the cuts don’t stop there.
Control towers at smaller airports are subject to close completely and on that list are: Georgetown, San Marcos and New Braunfels.
The airports will be able to stay open but operating as an uncontrolled airfield leaving the pilots responsible for their flight.
You could see those delays and canceled flights starting in April when the FAA will start to enforce the furlough days, which could drop the FAA’s workforce by 10 percent on any given day.
As far as cargo planes like FedEx and UPS, it is their discretion to fly during the hours the control tower is not manned.
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