Federal Budget Cuts Close OR Airport Towers
Nearly 150 air traffic control towers across the United States will be closed starting next month because of automatic federal budget cuts. That's just less than a third of the control towers nationwide. The Federal Aviation Administration
was ordered under sequestration to cut $637 million from its budget.
Oregon will lose four towers at some of its smaller airports that have fewer than 150,000 flight ops and 10,000 commercial flights per year.
What this means is pilots will have no help on the ground. They'll have to coordinate taking off and landing over a shared radio frequency. What remains to be seen is whether or not airlines will continue to serve the airports with empty towers. Staff at other airports could be forced into taking furloughs.