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FAA defers tower controller cuts

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 14:38:16 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

The Federal Aviation Administration says it won't close any contract air traffic control towers until June 15. It had been set to begin cutting off finding to the first of 149 towers nationwide on Sunday. The tower for the Bloomington Airport had been set to lose federal support May 5th. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says this has been a complex process and the agency needs to get this right. LaHood says safety is the top priority and they will use the extra time to make sure communities and pilots understand the changes at their local airports. Central Illinois Regional Airport Director Carl Olson said last week that they will preserve control tower services no matter what.

The airport is also seeking judicial review of the FAA actions, claiming the government did not follow its own rules and procedures before announcing the closures.

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