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FAA Planning for $600 Million 2013 Spending Cuts, ATC facility Closures And Layoffs
By Mike Mitchell

February 23, 2013 - To prepare for the possibility of a budget sequestration on March 1, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is making plans to reduce its expenditures by approximately $600 million for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013. 

Among the changes considered are furloughing the vast majority of our 47,000 employees for approximately one day per pay period; closing over 100 air traffic control facilities; eliminating the overnight shift at over 60 facilities; and reducing preventive maintenance and support for all air traffic control equipment.

All of these changes will be finalized as to scope and details through collaborative discussions with users and unions. Furloughs and start facility shut-downs will begin in April.


Michael P. Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration said “We are aware that these service reductions will adversely affect commercial, corporate and general aviation operators. We also expect that as airlines estimate the potential impacts of the furloughs, they will change their schedules and cancel flights. 

“Beyond the impacts to air traffic, aviation safety employees will also experience furloughs that will affect airlines, aviation manufacturers and individual pilots who need FAA safety approval and certifications. While the Agency will continue to address safety risks that could impact operations of the national airspace system, a slowed certification and approval process due to furloughs could negatively affect passengers and all segments of the aviation industry”. 

Back in 2011, congress passed a law which stated that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach that $4 trillion goal, about a trillion dollars of additional, arbitrary budget cuts would start to take effect this year. The design of these arbitrary cuts was to make them so unattractive and unappealing that Democrats and Republicans would actually get together and find a good compromise of sensible cuts as well as closing taxloopholes. This was designed to say we can't do these bad cuts and let’s do something smarter. That was the whole point of this so-called sequestration." 

President Obama said "There is a smarter way to do this to reduce our deficits without harming our economy. But Congress has to act in order for that to happen. Now, for two years, I’ve offered a balanced approach to deficit reduction that would prevent these harmful cuts..."



"I am willing to cut more spending that we don’t need, get rid of programs that aren’t working. I’ve laid out specific reforms to our entitlement programs that can achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms that were proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission. I’m willing to save hundreds of billions of dollars by enacting comprehensive tax reform that gets rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well off and well connected, without raising tax rates."

Paul Rinaldi President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association said “Today’s announcement from the FAA unfortunately confirms the concerns we have been warning about for months – sequestration will significantly and perhaps permanently undermine the capacity of the National Airspace System. The fact that they will not just be furloughing critical FAA personnel but closing air traffic control towers means the system will be even more compromised than anticipated. 

“We share the FAA’s commitment to preserving the safety of the system despite these draconian cuts. Safety is always the top priority of air traffic controllers, but the reality is this - safety will be preserved at the expense of operations across the country. Once towers are closed, the airports they serve may be next. Additionally, we believe the delay estimates provided by the FAA are conservative and the potential for disruptions could be much higher. 

“Every one of these actions by the FAA will have an impact far beyond inconveniencing travelers. Local economies will be diminished, military exercises will be cancelled and jobs will be lost. There’s no telling how long these effects will be felt because many of these service reductions may not be reversed. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association continues to urge the nation’s policy-makers to find a solution that prevents or mitigates the impact of sequestration in a way that does not diminish the world’s safest and most efficient national airspace system.”

Facilities Where Overnight Shifts Could be Eliminated 

FAI Fairbanks Tower Fairbanks AK
BHM Birmingham Tower Birmingham AL
LIT Little Rock Tower Little Rock AR
E10 High Desert TRACON Edwards AFB CA
FAT Fresno Tower Fresno CA
ONT Ontario Tower Ontario CA
SMF Sacramento Tower Sacramento CA
APA Centennial Tower Englewood CO
COS Colorado Springs Tower Peterson AFB CO
DAB Daytona Beach Tower Daytona Beach FL
FXE Fort Lauderdale Executive Tower Fort Lauderdale FL
JAX Jacksonville Tower Jacksonville FL
P31 Pensacola TRACON Pensacola FL
PBI Palm Beach Tower West Palm
Beach FL
BOI Boise Tower Boise ID
DPA Dupage Tower West Chicago IL
MDW Midway Tower Chicago IL
PIA Peoria Tower Peoria IL
FWA Fort Wayne Tower Fort Wayne IN
HUF Terre Haute /Hulman
DSM Des Moines Tower Des Moines IO
ICT Wichita Tower Wichita KS
LEX Lexington Tower Lexington KY
SHV Shreveport Tower Barksdale AFB LA
BGR Bangor Tower Bangor ME
LAN Lansing Tower Lansing MI
YIP Willow Run Tower Belleville MI
DLH Duluth Tower Duluth MN
MKC Downtown Tower Kansas City MO
SGF Springfield Tower Springfield MO
GTF Great Falls Tower Great Falls MT
FAY Fayetteville Tower Fayetteville NC
GSO Greensboro Tower Greensboro NC
FAR Fargo Tower Fargo ND
OMA Eppley Tower Omaha NE
MHT Manchester Tower Manchester NH
ACY Atlantic City Tower Atlantic City NJ
ABQ Albuquerque Tower Albuquerque NM
RNO Reno Tower Reno NV
ALB Albany Tower Latham NY
BUF Buffalo Tower Cheektowaga NY
ROC Rochester Tower Rochester NY
SYR Syracuse Tower North Syracuse NY
CAK Akron-Canton Tower North Canton OH
DAY Dayton Tower Vandalia OH
TOL Toledo Tower Swanton OH
YNG Youngstown Tower Vienna OH
OKC Oklahoma City Tower Oklahoma City OK
TUL Tulsa Tower Tulsa OK
ABE Allentown Tower Allentown PA
AGC Allegheny Tower West Mifflin PA
AVP Wilkes-Barre Tower Avoca PA
MDT Harrisburg Intl Tower Middletown PA
SJU San Juan Tower San Juan PR
CAE Columbia Tower West Columbia SC
CHS Charleston Tower Charleston SC
BNA Nashville Tower Nashville TN
TYS Knoxville Tower Louisville TN
ABI Abilene Tower Abilene TX
AUS Austin Tower Austin TX
CRP Corpus Christi Tower Corpus Christi TX
ELP El Paso Tower El Paso TX
FTW Meacham Tower Fort Worth TX
LBB Lubbock Tower Lubbock TX
ORF Norfolk Tower Virginia Beach VA
RIC Richmond Tower Richmond VA
ROA Roanoke Tower Roanoke VA
BFI Boeing Tower Seattle WA
GEG Spokane Tower Spokane WA
MKE Milwaukee Tower Milwaukee WI
CRW Charleston Tower Charleston WV
HTS Huntington Tower Huntington WV


Air Traffic Control Facilities That Could be Closed

BFM Mobile Downtown Mobile AL
DHN Dothan Regional Dothan AL
TCL Tuscaloosa Regional Tuscaloosa AL
ASG Springdale Municipal Springdale AR
FSM Fort Smith Tower Fort Smith AR
FYV Drake Field Fayetteville AR
ROG Rogers Municipal-Carter Field Rogers AR
TXK Texarkana Regional-Webb Field Texarkana AR
GEU Glendale Municipal Glendale AZ
GYR Phoenix Goodyear Goodyear AZ
IFP Laughlin/Bullhead International Bullhead City AZ
RYN Ryan Field Tucson AZ
APC Napa Tower Napa CA
CCR Concord Tower Concord CA
CMA Camarillo Tower Camarillo CA
EMT El Monte Tower El Monte CA
FUL Fullerton Municipal Fullerton CA
HHR Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Hawthorne CA
LVK Livermore Tower Livermore CA
MER Castle Atwater CA
OXR Oxnard Oxnard CA
PMD Palmdale Regional/USAF Plant 42 Palmdale CA
POC Brackett Tower La Verne CA
RAL Riverside Municipal Riverside CA
RNM Ramona Ramona CA
SAC Sacramento Executive Sacramento CA
SCK Stockton Tower Stockton CA
SDM Brown Field Municipal San Diego CA
SMO Santa Monica Tower Santa Monica CA
SNS Salinas Municipal Salinas CA
SQL San Carlos San Carlos CA
STS Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County Santa Rosa CA
VCV Southern California Logistics Victorville CA
WHP Whiteman Los Angeles CA
WJF General William J. Fox Airfield Lancaster CA
BJC Broomfield Tower Westminster CO
FTG Front Range Denver CO
BDR Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Bridgeport CT
DXR Danbury Municipal Danbury CT
GON Groton-New London Groton (New London) CT
HFD Hartford-Brainard Hartford CT
HVN Tweed-New Haven New Haven CT
OXC Waterbury-Oxford Oxford CT
ILG Wilmington Tower New Castle DE
APF Naples Municipal Naples FL
BCT Boca Raton Boca Raton FL
CRG Craig Municipal Jacksonville FL
EVB New Smyrna Beach Municipal New Smyrna Beach FL
FMY Page Field Fort Myers FL
FPR St. Lucie County International Fort Pierce FL
HWO North Perry Hollywood FL
ISM Kissimmee Gateway Orlando FL
LAL Lakeland Linder Regional Lakeland FL
LEE Leesburg International Leesburg FL
OCF Ocala International-Jim Taylor Field Ocala FL
OMN Ormond Beach Municipal Ormond Beach FL
OPF Opa-Locka Executive Miami FL
ORL Orlando Executive Orlando FL
PGD Punta Gorda Punta Gorda FL
SGJ Northeast Florida Regional St. Augustine FL
SPG Albert Whitted St. Petersburg FL
SUA Witham Field Stuart FL
TIX Space Coast Regional Titusville FL
VQQ Cecil Jacksonville FL
ABY Southwest Georgia Regional Albany GA
AHN Athens-Ben Epps Athens GA
CSG Columbus Metropolitan Columbus GA
FTY Fulton County-Brown Field Atlanta GA
LZU Gwinnett County-Briscoe Field Lawrenceville GA
MCN Middle Georgia Regional Macon GA
RYY Cobb County-McCollum Field Atlanta GA
JRF Kalaeloa (John Rodgers Field) Kapolei HI
ALO Waterloo Tower Waterloo IA
DBQ Dubuque Regional Dubuque IA
SUX Sioux Gateway Sioux City IA
IDA Idaho Falls Regional Idaho Falls ID
LWS Lewiston-Nez Perce County Lewiston ID
PIH Pocatello Regional Pocatello ID
SUN Friedman Memorial Hailey ID
TWF Joslin Field-Magic Valley Regional Twin Falls ID
ALN St. Louis Regional Alton/St. Louis IL
ARR Aurora Tower Sugar Grove IL
BMI Central Illinois Regional at Bloomington-Normal
Bloomington-Normal IL
DEC Decatur Decatur IL
DPA Dupage West Chicago IL
MDH Southern Illinois Carbondale/Murphysboro IL
MWA Williamson County Regional Marion IL
SPI Springfield Tower Springfield IL
UGN Waukegan Regional Chicago/Waukegan IL
BAK Columbus Municipal Columbus IN
BMG Monroe County Bloomington IN
GYY Gary/Chicago International Gary IN
HUF Terre Haute International-Hulman Field Terra Haute IN
LAF Lafayette Tower West Lafayette IN
MIE Delaware County Regional Muncie IN
FOE Forbes Field Topeka KS
GCK Garden City Regional Garden City KS
HUT Hutchinson Municipal Hutchinson KS
IXD New Century AirCenter Olathe KS
MHK Manhattan Regional Manhattan KS
OJC Johnson County Executive Olathe KS
TOP Philip Billard Municipal Topeka KS
LOU Bowman Tower Louisville KY
OWB Owensboro-Daviess County Owensboro KY
PAH Barkley Regional Paducah KY
CWF Chennault International Lake Charles LA
DTN Shreveport Downtown Shreveport LA
LCH Lake Charles Regional Lake Charles LA
MLU Monroe Regional Monroe LA
NEW Lakefront New Orleans LA
BAF Barnes Municipal Westfield/Springfield MA
BVY Beverly Municipal Beverly MA
EWB New Bedford Regional New Bedford MA
LWM Lawrence Municipal Lawrence MA
ORH Worcester Regional Worcester MA
OWD Norwood Memorial Norwood MA
ESN Easton/Newnam Field Easton MD
FDK Frederick Municipal Frederick MD
HGR Hagerstown Regional-Richard A. Henson Field Hagerstown MD
MTN Martin State Baltimore MD
SBY Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Salisbury MD
ARB Ann Arbor Municipal Ann Arbor MI
BTL W.K. Kellogg Battle Creek MI
DET Coleman A. Young Municipal Detroit MI
JXN Jackson County-Reynolds Field Jackson MI
MKG Muskegon County Muskegon MI
SAW Sawyer International Marquette MI
ANE Anoka County-Blaine Airport (Janes Field)
Minneapolis MN
FCM Flying Cloud Eden Prairie MN
MIC Crystal Tower Crystal MN
STC St. Cloud Regional St. Cloud MN
BBG Branson Branson MO
COU Columbia Regional Columbia MO
JEF Jefferson City Memorial Jefferson City MO
JLN Joplin Regional Joplin MO
STJ Rosecrans Memorial St. Joseph MO
GLH Mid Delta Regional Greenville MS
GTR Golden Triangle Regional Columbus/West Point/Starkville MS
HKS Hawkins Field Jackson MS
HSA Stennis International Bay St. Louis MS
MEI Key Field Meridian MS
OLV Olive Branch Olive Branch MS
TUP Tupelo Regional Tupelo MS
GPI Glacier Park International Kalispell MT
HLN Helena Regional Helena MT
EWN Coastal Carolina Regional New Bern NC
HKY Hickory Regional Hickory NC
INT Smith Reynolds Winston Salem NC
ISO Kinston Regional Jetport at Stallings Field Kinston NC
JQF Concord Regional Concord NC
GRI Central Nebraska Regional Grand Island NE
ASH Boire Field Nashua NH
CDW Essex County Fairfield NJ
TTN Trenton Mercer Trenton NJ
AEG Double Eagle II Albuquerque NM
HOB Lea County Regional Hobbs NM
ROW Roswell International Air Center Roswell NM
SAF Santa Fe Municipal Santa Fe NM
BGM Binghamton Tower Johnson City NY
FOK Francis S. Gabreski Westhampton Beach NY
IAG Niagara Falls International Niagara Falls NY
ITH Ithaca Tomkins Regional Ithaca NY
POU Dutchess County Wappingers Falls NY
RME Griffiss International Rome NY
CGF Cuyahoga County Cleveland OH
MFD Mansfield Tower Mansfield OH
OSU Ohio State University Columbus OH
TZR Bolton Field Columbus OH
YNG Youngstown-Warren Regional Vienna OH
ADM Ardmore Municipal Ardmore OK
LAW Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Lawton OK
OUN University of Oklahoma Westheimer Norman OK
PWA Wiley Post Oklahoma City OK
SWO Stillwater Regional Stillwater OK
WDG Enid Wooding Regional Enid OK
LMT Klamath Falls Klamath Falls OR
OTH Southwest Oregon Regional North Bend OR
PDT Eastern Oregon Regional at Pendleton Pendleton OR
SLE McNary Field Salem OR
TTD Portland-Troutdale Portland OR
CXY Capital City Harrisburg PA
IPT Williamsport Regional Williamsport PA
LBE Arnold Palmer Regional Latrobe PA
LNS Lancaster Lancaster PA
PNE Northeast Philadelphia Philadelphia PA
RDG Reading Regional-Carl A. Spaatz Field Reading PA
CRE Grand Strand North Myrtle Beach SC
FLO Florence Regional Florence SC
GYH Donaldson Center Greenville SC
HXD Hilton Head Hilton Head Island SC
MKL McKellar-Sipes Regional Jackson TN
MQY Smyrna Smyrna TN
NQA Millington Regional Jetport Millington TN
ACT Waco Regional Waco TX
BAZ New Braunfels Municipal New Braunfels TX
BPT Jack Brooks Regional Beaumont TX
BRO Brownsville/South Padre Island International Brownsville TX
CLL Easterwood Field College Station TX
CXO Lone Star Executive Houston TX
FWS Fort Worth Spinks Fort Worth TX
GGG East Texas Regional Longview TX
GKY Arlington Municipal Arlington TX
GPM Grand Prairie Municipal Grand Prairie TX
GTU Georgetown Municipal Georgetown TX
HYI San Marcos Municipal San Marcos TX
RBD Dallas Executive Dallas TX
SGR Sugar Land Regional Houston TX
SSF Stinson Municipal San Antonio TX
TKI Collin County Regional at McKinney Dallas TX
TYR Tyler Pounds Regional Tyler TX
VCT Victoria Regional Victoria TX
OGD Ogden-Hinckley Ogden UT
PVU Provo Municipal Provo UT
HEF Manassas Regional/Harry P. Davis Field Manassas VA
LYH Lynchburg Regional/Preston Glenn Field Lynchburg VA
ALW Walla Walla Regional Walla Walla WA
MWH Grant County International Moses Lake WA
OLM Olympia Regional Olympia WA
PAE Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field) Everett WA
RNT Renton Municipal Renton WA
SFF Felts Field Spokane WA
TIW Tacoma Narrows Tacoma WA
YKM Yakima Air Terminal/McAllister Field Yakima WA
CWA Central Wisconsin Mosinee WI
EAU Chippewa Valley Regional Eau Claire WI
ENW Kenosha Regional Kenosha WI
JVL Southern Wisconsin Regional Janesville WI
LSE La Crosse Municipal La Crosse WI
MWC Lawrence J. Timmerman Milwaukie WI
OSH Wittman Regional Oshkosh WI
UES Waukesha County Waukesha WI
CKB North Central West Virginia Bridgeport WV
HLG Wheeling Ohio County Wheeling WV
HTS Tri-State Milton J. Ferguson Field Huntington WV
LWB Greenbrier Valley Lewisburg WV
PKB Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Parkersburg WV
CYS Cheyenne Regional/Jerry Olson Field Cheyenne WY

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