CHICAGO –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. Several airports are now asking a federal court to halt the plan and compel the FAA to more carefully study the potential safety impact, said Carl Olson, director of the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Ill. He warned that without a more cautious approach, lives will be put at risk by cuts that he contends
Comments: Instructions from the WH said to make the cuts as painful as possible.
Where was this joker Olson when Daley tore up the runways at beautiful Miegs Field???
I didn´t hear one word!!!!
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The Republican silence on this whole sequester thing is sickening. These shut downs and furloughs have nothing to do with saving money, they are 100% political. For instance I know first hand that the National Guard Bureau found the money to avoid furloughs of it´s civilian workforce (btw about 95% of us are required to be soldiers or airmen in the Guard to have the job)but DOD is still forcing us to be be laid off for 3 weeks, just as we start our training season.
Bloomington, IL should never have had a control tower in the first place. They´ve never had enough traffic to justify one. The FAA put towers in a lot of general aviation airports in the 1970´s that were doing jut fine with pilots reporting their positions over Unicom frequencies. During IFR conditions, everyone was under positive control anyway. This is much ado about nothing.
The FAA is just protecting their conference money at various plush resorts or maybe they´re planning on another huge ammunition and weapons buy so they have to shut down control towers to preserve the dollars. Remember this sequestration is only a cut to the increase in their budget.
WASHINGTON — President Obama told a crowd of Marines Wednesday that sexual assault in the military will not be tolerated. “It undermines what this military stands for and it undermines what the Marine Corps stands for when sexual assault happens within our units,” Obama said, standing before an audience of Marines at Camp Pendleton in California “And that’s why we are going to work together, all of us, too stop these crimes of sexual assault and uphold the honor and the integrity that defines the finest military on earth.” “That message is coming all the way from the top,”
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