Budget cuts could affect GA, close towers at small airports

02/27/2013 | CNN

Facing imminent budget cuts, the Federal Aviation Administration said it plans to give priority to 77 "core" facilities, but air control towers at 238 smaller airports would most likely be closed. "It was clear at the meeting that the brunt of the cuts were at the cost of general aviation (private and business aircraft), and the agency even recognized that," said AOPA's Melissa Rudinger. According to the FAA, the number of takeoffs and landings would be affected, but the agency will not forgo safety.

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