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  •  No Airline Service (1+ / 0-)
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    ZedMont

    without a functioning tower. I have flown into controlled and uncontrolled airports, as a passenger I'd rather have a traffic cop, FAA or designee/contractor, keep track of traffic, than rely on the ability and common sense of the various pilots. What will happens to insurance when a regional carrier flies into an uncontrolled airport?

    I have been almost run over on landing by some fool who just had to make a straight in approach, without any announcement. That was at a small airport that used only  local radio frequency.

    •  So far I don't think they've closed any towers (0+ / 0-)

      where there is commercial aviation, but I could be wrong.

      They won't close the big airports.  But if they furlough controllers, that's going to lead to long lines and delays.  When that happens I may just go out to the airport with a "I Love Spending Time in Airports - Thank you, TEA PARTY!!" sandwich board.

      Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

      by ZedMont on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 07:57:06 AM PDT

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    •  Airlines Do Serve Uncontrolled Apts (0+ / 0-)

      I'm no fan of the sequestration insanity, but airlines can and will continue to serve airports, even if they don't have a control tower.  There are procedures that enable pilots to do so safely.  

      None of the airports that had towers that were due to close on April 7 have airline service, but some that had towers due to close on April 22 and May 5 did.

      All of this may now be moot, since FAA announced this afternoon that they'll be delaying tower closures until at least June 15.

      Still ridiculous that we're having this discussion at all though.

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