To prepare for a possible budget sequestration next week. The Federal Aviation Administration has a plan to cut $600 million for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. The cuts include furlough days, elimination of midnight shifts at over 60 air traffic control towers and the closure of over 100 air traffic control towers.
One of the 100 on the list is the tower at Ryan Airfield. The closure criteria, towers that have fewer than 150,000 flight operations or less than 10,000 commercial operations a year. According to the Tucson International Airport website, Ryan Field is one of the busiest airports in the state.
Many of the pilots in hangers today were pretty shocked about the news. During the week things can be a little slow. But the weekend is when the place gets pretty busy.
Bill Cordray works with a group of missionaries. They make several trips to Mexico a month. He also has his own hanger with his own plane. He has been at the airfield for the last 6 years. Cordray said,"Yes it is surprising."
Sigurd Kohler is a pilot at the airport. He said, "I would like to see the towers stay there."
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