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Airport tower closing

March 23, 2013

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that it will close 149 air traffic control towers, including the facility at the Williamsport Regional Airport on Sept. 30....

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timbo63

Mar-25-13 7:49 PM

Folks in Williamsport get distracted easily? Anyways, regarding the tower closure - I fly regularly into Williamsport. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. As aviation shrinks in America, we may need to cut back - it's not going to be like the good old times. This is as good as it gets. But the airport is vital to the area. Air traffic can still be safe. Of the about 100 airports in PA, only about 10 have towers. However, most airports with scheduled traffic have towers. You may find that an arriving or departing airplane must now "go around" and be delayed. There will be some "close calls" and hopefully no accidents. I wish it would stay open for the improved safety, but we may not be able to afford to.

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nobud74

Mar-24-13 11:37 AM

I don't believe they will be replaced. Technology and automation are the norm today. And, these controllers, some of whom I know, are not federal employees. They are employees of a contractor. I don't know if they are union, I would guess not.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-24-13 11:05 AM

nobud74:

I agree, just watch what happens afterward.

Many of these contracted controllers are non-union. After the sequester, will they be replaced by union controllers?

We need to watch this so it doesn't turn out to be a giveaway to public-sector unions.

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nobud74

Mar-24-13 11:00 AM

A month or so ago when this closing was first discussed I had a chance to speak with a commercial pilot. He didn't see it as a problem for a variety of reasons such as there are thousands of such airports all over the country and the world, a good many of which are far busier than ours. The positioning technology, such as GPS, is far more sophisticated than the past and everyone uses it. Heck, it's even on your cell phone. I think this is much ado about nothing. Will some private contractors lose their jobs, yep. But every industry is doing that today. We need to cut costs everywhere.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-24-13 7:44 AM

Gee, under the sequester, the FAA has to cut $657 million from is $58 billion budget.

President Obama just returned from his Mideast trip where he granted the Palestinians $500 million and Jordan $200 million.

In other words, President Obama prefers to give money to those who danced in the street on 9/11 rather than to the communities in this country.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-23-13 2:24 PM

The FAA has to cut $657 million from its budget.

The FAA budget is $58 billion.

Liberal politics on display!

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MrShaman

Mar-23-13 12:27 PM

Shaman:

You would have some credibility if you would be equally upset over President Obama's illegal war in Libya that cost many lives, including that of a US Ambassador.

Bush's wars = authorized by Congress Obama's wars = unilateral action without Congressional consent." - eriklatranyi

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Seriously...you want to refer to Lil' Dumbya & Libya in the same paragraph??

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See:

Why Gaddafi's Now a Good Guy - TIME

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MrShaman

Mar-23-13 12:22 PM

"Instead of cost cutting where it would really make a difference. Obama cut's cost's where it puts people's lives in danger." - torpedo

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I think it's safe-to-say it isn't The President who' specifying where the cuts are to be made...despite what you might be hearing from FAUX Noise...or, Porky Limbaugh's "south-end".

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RobertE

Mar-23-13 11:33 AM

When you think of the FAA at the airport, the first thing that comes to mind is Air traffic controllers. If you was Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and wanted the masses to revolt against this small budget cut or the sequester. You would kill jobs that the puplic sees every day while at the airport. He had no comment when he was pressed about the 2.7 billion in non-personnel costs such as 500 million for consultants and 200 million for supplies and ground travel that could of been cut instead. He would rather let the masses believe cutting air controllers is the only option!

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Fast22

Mar-23-13 11:11 AM

cherbear77 - the FAA link you provided is showing the airport closures as of April 7. This article clearly states the IPT is part of the Sept closures.

GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!!

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torpedo

Mar-23-13 10:58 AM

biobaby, most of these comments are connected to the title of this article.

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torpedo

Mar-23-13 10:54 AM

fromtheport, what if it is foggy, snowing, or the rain is blinding? Use th ole noodle.

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rick424

Mar-23-13 10:51 AM

Sorry cherbear77, but there is an updated list and it is on there. Page five. There are a lot bigger airports than this one that are losing their towers. My wife and I fly out of Rochester NY and I see that is not on t he list. Maybe when we become the energy capital of the east we might get out tower back. Until then just close it, the airport I mean.

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fromtheport

Mar-23-13 10:28 AM

There are only 2 flights a day, if a pilot can see someone else is on the runway then he is to stupid to be flying, we do not have a busy airport, we are not a major city, we could probably close the airport and it really would not make a difference

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eriklatranyi

Mar-23-13 10:17 AM

biobabycj:

An unmanned airport tower is nothing special. There are hundreds of uncontrolled airports all over the country and there are no problems.

Pilots are trained for this.

So, there will be no problems.

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biobabycj

Mar-23-13 10:07 AM

love how none of these comments have anything to do with the actual title of this article.. THE AIRPORT TOWER is closing.. my concern is.. who controls and speaks to the pilots and will this be a safe decision?

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torpedo

Mar-23-13 9:41 AM

Instead of cost cutting where it would really make a difference. Obama cut's cost's where it puts people's lives in danger. As if to say See I told you the sequester would hurt. Meanwhile he's spending millions on stuff like why are lesbian women heavier than gay men. And a person can go on and on. What a bunch of crap. But to the uninformed and underinformed or tragicly intentionaly misinformed by the media or scholastic avenues, he get's away with it.

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65pontiac

Mar-23-13 8:49 AM

Williamsport unemployment rate 9.4%

Nation 7.7

Where are these thousands of jobs. If that was the case I would be thinking of moving back.

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MrShaman

Mar-23-13 8:06 AM

"Playing politics (and golf) are all this president does." - eriklatranyi

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You DO know that Porky Limbaugh lies, to you, don't you??

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eriklatranyi

Mar-23-13 7:57 AM

Jeff:

It was Democrat Maxine Waters that said the sequester would cost 170 million jobs.

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jeff33

Mar-23-13 7:52 AM

Thousands of jobs in the Williamsport area?

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eriklatranyi

Mar-23-13 5:59 AM

Shaman:

You would have some credibility if you would be equally upset over President Obama's illegal war in Libya that cost many lives, including that of a US Ambassador.

Bush's wars = authorized by Congress Obama's wars = unilateral action without Congressional consent.\

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eriklatranyi

Mar-23-13 5:55 AM

Playing politics (and golf) are all this president does. He refuses to lead on legislation or even talk to members of Congress.

This president stages plenty of photo-ops and talks about how hard he is trying to fight the forces of evil, but he accomplishes very little.

When something like the sequester comes along, he twists it to inflict the most harm on working men and women.

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MrShaman

Mar-23-13 5:37 AM

"The moratorium has played a major roll in oil prices and in intern gasoline prices shooting up through the roof. All the while, the Presidents cronies, who all claim to be environmentally concerned are getting filthy rich!" - Tedeaux

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At least you're still standing...unlike those American-servicemen/women, who were sacrificed (for your industry), in the Middle East....all the while George Bush's cronies (who'd gotten SERIOUS tax-cuts) were getting filthy rich, thru their defense-industry investments!!!

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Tedeaux

Mar-23-13 5:02 AM

Doesn't it feel great when people start playing politics with your job? My family and I ended up coming to Williamsport after the President and his Interior Secretary put a six month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon blow out in deep water. Ths moratorium put hundreds of thousands of peoples jobs in jeopardy throughout the oil.industrt just because the politicians had a foothold in throwing their weight around. The moratorium has played a major roll in oil prices and in intern gasoline prices shooting up through the roof. All the while, the Presidents cronies, who all claim to be environmentally concerned are getting filthy rich!

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