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  • 03-31-2013, 05:25 PM
    Grandpa Scott
    I wasn't even aware that the federal government had constitutional authority to spend money on aviation. You learn something new every day.
  • 03-31-2013, 10:00 AM
    'Trust'
    Where do they get this stuff from? Sequestration is a 2% over all cut of the NEW proposed budget for 2014 onward, there is no cut to the existing base, they just won't raise budgets as much as expected. The Fed pumps in $85Bn a month into the economy, and they can't cut $85Bn a year? Give me a break.
  • 03-26-2013, 04:07 PM
    envythez06
    Another part that bugs me is all of the towers that closed were contract towers which are about three times less expensive to run then FAA operated towers. Just shows how the private sector is still more efficient than government managed operations, and they are the ones that get screwed over.
  • 03-25-2013, 01:35 AM
    c6vette
    MANY of those towers were built with stimulus money and were never really needed in the first place. I feel bad for the folks losing their jobs but flying into uncontrolled airports should not be the least bit of a problem for any competent pilot. I fly for an airline and we go into uncontrolled fields all the time and have to contend with GA traffic. Most of those places have radar coverage from other larger nearby airports for IFR approaches anyhow. This is nothing more than the govt trying to cause an emotional response from an ignorant public.
  • 03-23-2013, 11:34 PM
    Macman
    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.

    CV
    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.
  • 03-23-2013, 11:30 PM
    envythez06
    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.

    CV
  • 03-03-2013, 09:53 PM
    JimF355
    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.
  • 03-01-2013, 09:24 AM
    akl_wanderer
    Since we are on the topic of Aviation, based on the results y'day what do you percieve about Lockheed short-term future?
  • 02-27-2013, 10:54 AM
    bonneau13
    $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.
  • 02-27-2013, 08:05 AM
    DialM
    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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