FAA to Close 75% of Contract Towers Within 30 Days

FAA to Close 75% of Contract Towers Within 30 Days

13-Mar-2013 Source: HAI

This is an urgent follow-up to yesterday’s alert concerning the FAA’s plans to close within 30 days 75 percent of the air traffic control towers managed under the Federal Contract Tower Program. HAI President Matt Zuccaro is calling on all members of the helicopter industry to take immediate action: contact your two U.S. senators and ask them to support Kansas Senator Jerry Moran’s amendment to save contract towers.

The general aviation industry is facing an urgent deadline to keep open the more than 173 contract control towers at general aviation airports around the country. Sen. Jerry Moran is planning to offer an amendment to the Senate continuing resolution that would shift money from the FAA capital account to the operations account so the agency can keep all air traffic control towers open.

In order for Congress to give the FAA flexibility to make cuts in other areas, unanimous support for Sen. Moran’s amendment is needed immediately. The Senate continuing resolution is expected to be cleared for a vote on Wednesday, March 12. It is essential that all HAI members reach out to their two U.S. Senators today:

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