FAA shutters towers for sequestration
Four airport control towers in Arizona -- including two in the Valley -- will be closing early next month as part of the federal government's sequestration budget cuts.
Nationally, almost 150 control towers at lightly-used airports will lose their air traffic controllers effective April 7th as part of the FAA's plan to make $637 million in sequestration cuts.
Here in Arizona, Glendale Airport and Phoenix Goodyear Airport will go without operating control towers. It doesn't mean they can't be used. It just means those airports, like many other airports in small communities, will rely on the pilots using them to make radio transmissions to other pilots in the area letting them know who's taking off, landing, or taxiing... so as to avoid collisions.
Also on the tower closing list -- Ryan Field in Tucson and Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport in Bullhead City.
For the complete list, visit http://www.faa.gov/news/media/fct_closed.pdf