Saturday, March 23, 2013

FAA Targets Four Idaho Airport Towers For Closure

Posted By on Sat, Mar 23, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Four Idaho air traffic control towers are on the list of facilities targeted to be closed May 5 by the Federal Aviation Administration due to federal sequestration cuts.

Hailey's Friedman Memorial Airport, Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport, Idaho Falls Regional Airport and Pocatello Airport are all on the list of 149 air traffic towers slated to be shut down. The cuts will affect airports with less than 150,000 flights per year and fewer than 10,000 commercial flights.

“We heard from communities across the country about the importance of their towers, and these were very tough decisions,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Unfortunately, we are faced with a series of difficult choices that we have to make to reach the required cuts under sequestration.”

Safety has clearly been a concern as pilots will be forced to coordinate their own take-offs and landings.

"We will work with the airports and the operators to ensure the procedures are in place to maintain the high level of safety at non-towered airports," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in a statement.

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