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Regional Airports Could Lose Towers Under Sequestration

Posted: February 25, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Air traffic control towers in Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale and Rogers could close should sequestration — a series of wide-ranging across-the-board budget cuts — be triggered Friday, according to a Federal Aviation Administration news release.

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Air Traffic Control Tower Closings

The Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale and Rogers airports are on the closing list. The closings are part of the Federal Aviation Administration plans to save $600 million by shutting 100 air traffic control towers at small airports, eliminating overnight shifts at 60 towers and furloughing 47,000 employees at least one day a pay period.

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The sky is falling, the sky is falling!!!
Oh come on folks. For those non-pilots in the reader pool, the tower at Rogers already closes at night, and traffic operates just fine. Bentonville doesn't even have a tower yet even they have occassional jet and prop-jet traffic along with all of their normal piston traffic.
The federal government is doing an outstanding job of trying to scare everyone into believing this sequestration is the end of the world. Folks, it isn't even the end to spending increases, its only a slight reduction. How much of this BS do we have to put up with?
If the media and the politicians worked at solving our problems as hard as they do trying to scare us into spending more money and giving them more power, we wouldn't even be having this discussion!

Posted by: ZeroGee

February 25, 2013 at 7:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hit it right on the nail, ZeroGee

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 25, 2013 at 8:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A lack in adequate tower coverage is not a problem to many until a class A mishap happens. In fact, the last class A mishap I was a witness to was at night with no control tower. This is a case where money should be spent. Airspace doesn't deconflict itself.

-A "non-pilot" with significant experience working airspace

Posted by: Tankersley101

February 26, 2013 at 1:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

You're right Tank, but keep in mind that the traffic count at ROG, FYV, and ASG is extremely light at night, and the airports are all well lit and visible. All have multiple good instrument approaches when needed which will still be operating through Razorback Approach even with the towers shut down. The chances of any type of accident are extremely low, so contrary to what the article was trying to get readers to believe, air travel in NW Arkansas won't be impacted very much at all. Fort Smith is another question and no one should even be considering shutting that tower down for cost containment. That has to be the suggestion of the bean counters and not operational folks.

Posted by: ZeroGee

February 26, 2013 at 6:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Everybody wants less spending until it effects their life.

Posted by: TheHunter

February 26, 2013 at 7:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

It's amazing how our local officials have learned this principle, also. Talk about voting down a tax increase and:

Police and fire is threatened to be cut instead of less planting of flowers in the parks, less trail and sidewalk building, or less paving of new roads.

Numbers of teachers are threatened instead of less administrators.

No money to maintain road surfaces and bridges falling down instead of less money to pick-up trash and mow along the roads.

We are played like a terrible sounding piano, always the piano's out of tune, never the one playing it.

Posted by: Moneymyst

February 26, 2013 at 9:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

You're right, Moneymyst. Our prioritization is out of tune.

Posted by: Tankersley101

February 26, 2013 at 9:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )