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    Default FAA Planning for $600 Million in 2013 Spending Cuts

    This is no good. Several nearby airports to me are slated to lose their ATC!

    FAA Planning for $600 Million in 2013 Spending Cuts

    February 22– To prepare for the possibility of a budget sequestration on March 1, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is making plans to reduce its expenditures by approximately $600 million for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013.

    Among the changes we are considering are furloughing the vast majority of our 47,000 employees for approximately one day per pay period; closing over 100 air traffic control facilities; eliminating the overnight shift at over 60 facilities; and reducing preventive maintenance and support for all air traffic control equipment. All of these changes will be finalized as to scope and details through collaborative discussions with our users and our unions.

    We will begin furloughs and start facility shut-downs in April. You can read more about this process in this letter from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta (PDF).
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    Of all the government programs that need cutting, certainly the FAA is one of them. smfh.
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    Well, so much for early implementation of NextGen. *sigh*
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    Quote Originally Posted by boostedM View Post
    Well, so much for early implementation of NextGen. *sigh*
    I'm sure that that is still a big push for them. It's something that will save/make them money as it comes into reality.
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    Wait, you mean they are going to have to scrape by with just over $15,000,000,000 this year? The horror.
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    $600 million out of the FAA's massive budget shouldn't do the harm they are saying, somethings fishy per usual. Anyway some cuts are good no matter what program so at least they are starting somewhere.

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    My pilots don't seem to really care much...No ATC is no sweat off their balls, they might actually prefer it jumping around to a lot of the regional/local strips we frequent.

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    This whole tower thing is really been frustrating me lately. Some of the 149 towers on the closing list are actually indeed quite busy and not having a tower there worries me. For an example the battle creek airport in Michigan is home of a few commercial carries along with Western Michigan Universities flight program (which has a fleet of around 50 aircraft). Between all the primary instruction going on, airliners landing, and IFR students shooting practice approaches I can just see that airport becoming chaotic and putting much more burden on the pilots to be aware of their surroundings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by envythez06 View Post
    This whole tower thing is really been frustrating me lately. Some of the 149 towers on the closing list are actually indeed quite busy and not having a tower there worries me. For an example the battle creek airport in Michigan is home of a few commercial carries along with Western Michigan Universities flight program (which has a fleet of around 50 aircraft). Between all the primary instruction going on, airliners landing, and IFR students shooting practice approaches I can just see that airport becoming chaotic and putting much more burden on the pilots to be aware of their surroundings.

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    Definitely sounds like an issue, ATC is always good to have to inform you of traffic when you are simulating IFR and there is a lot of VFR around. It would be a nightmare to train without that added traffic awareness.
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