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Airports suing FAA over
planned control tower shutdowns

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:smcchk, 3/30/2013 10:30:17 AM

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

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Instructions from the WH said to make the cuts as painful as possible.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JimS, 3/30/2013 10:35:21 AM     (No. 9251251)

Maybe the next time Soetero takes AF1 up to his ´hood in Chicago, the air traffic controllers should go into radio silence and let Soetero fend on his own.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: franq, 3/30/2013 10:44:19 AM     (No. 9251262)

And the barristers laugh all the way to the bank.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SouthTxRat, 3/30/2013 10:47:37 AM     (No. 9251266)

Good time to privatize, two things, better service (no sleeping on the job) and no unions.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lydwho, 3/30/2013 10:53:20 AM     (No. 9251275)

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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Reply 5 - Posted by: god of irony, 3/30/2013 11:09:43 AM     (No. 9251299)

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.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Islander, 3/30/2013 11:15:54 AM     (No. 9251310)

> The Republican silence on this whole sequester thing is sickening.

Oh, the Repubs have been shouting about it, but the MSM never tells you.

Btw ... in Texas the Feds announced a dozen or more small field closings and we just said "So what?" The state DoT stepped in and said we´ll finance and run them from now on.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: heartsurgeon, 3/30/2013 12:52:12 PM     (No. 9251446)

this airport appears to have a total of 5 departing flights today.

it charges nothing for parking (short term or long term).

it appears to be a highly costly, inefficient airport...a model of government spending!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Spidey, 3/30/2013 2:16:57 PM     (No. 9251529)

All they have to do is install ski slopes near these airports and they would never lay air traffic people off. The Obama girls could be landing any time for yet another vacation.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Vaquero45, 3/30/2013 3:21:08 PM     (No. 9251589)

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.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Trigger2, 3/31/2013 1:50:56 AM     (No. 9252054)

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.

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