Fed Spending Cuts Pose Huge Threat to Air Travel

If across-the-board federal spending cuts become reality on Friday, the resulting reductions in air traffic control and airport security staffing are certain to have a seriously disruptive impact on air travel, according to industry leaders. GBTA: Serious consequences The automatic cuts would be “bad news for the millions of business travelers each month,” said Michael…

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Federal Aviation Administration Highlights Sequestration Cuts to Air Traffic Controllers

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stressed Sunday that the Obama administration was not exaggerating the effects of looming sequestration. LaHood, a former GOP congressman, had said at a White House briefing on Friday that the $85 billion in automatic cuts set to start going into effect on March 1 would require furloughs at the Federal Aviation…

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238 FAA Airport Tower Closures Appear Inevitable

Even Harrison Ford advocating for general aviation this week did not change the FAA‘s plans to close the towers at up to 238 U.S. airports in an effort to trim costs required under the budget sequester. The FAA planned to announce a finalized closure list on Monday, but the agency delayed its release until today…

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NBAA Letter to FAA Underscores Industry’s Pressing Tower-Closure Concerns

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, [email protected] Washington, DC, March 13, 2013 – As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prepares to finalize a plan for closing nearly 170 air traffic control towers and other facilities, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen yesterday wrote the FAA to outline the business aviation community’s significant…

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How ‘Sequestration’ Will Impact the Aviation Community

A good story about how sequestration will affect the aviation community at NBAA’s website (JetOptions is a member of NBAA).

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Air Force Cuts Thunderbirds and Support for Aviation at Public Events

The USAF has actually acquiesced the inescapable while Washington political gridlock and gamesmanship damages a great country. As the U.S. Air Force readies for possible sequester “leadership has canceled all air travel support to public for a minimum of the rest of the financial year and is standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team to…

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FAA Will Bear Brunt of Cuts at the Department of Transportation Under Sequestration

With the automatic U.S. budget cuts known as sequestration all but ready to start tomorrow, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta clarified why they will have such a deep effect on his agency. In testimony yesterday before the House Aviation Subcommittee, Huerta also lamented that the monetary “predictability” the one-year-old FAA reauthorization provided his agency has been…

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