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Shocker: DC Airports Spared ‘Sequester Delays’

From the Washington Times:

Washington airports spared sequester impacts

By Stephen Dinan | April 24, 2013

The chief of the FAA told Congress today that Washington-area airports will largely escape the effects of the air traffic controller furloughs — a blessing for lawmakers who fly out of the nation’s capitol.

Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, told a congressional panel that the Washington region’s airports are spaced out enough and have enough spare capacity that furloughs to air traffic controllers won’t hurt as much here.

Something tells us that this really just means that the FAA can prioritize where the furloughs hit, when they need to.

He also said Atlanta should escape major problems because the big airfield there has five runways, which makes it easier to space flights out.

That’s not the case in places like New York City, where several big airports are clustered together.

The furloughs of air traffic controllers — which the FAA said it had to do because of budget sequesters — has created delays at some airports. With fewer air traffic controllers, flights are being spaced out more, meaning planes depart their gates on time but can end up sitting on the runway for two hours awaiting clearance from the tower.

Even though, by all accounts, the FAA now has more air traffic controllers than it has ever had. While the number of flights are down from previous years.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, April 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Shocker: DC Airports Spared ‘Sequester Delays’”

  1. canary

    The Airport sequester furloughs are a hoax.

    For several years now, Obama has been paying billions of dollars into new high-tech Next Generation Air Transportation.

    Obama has applauded the closing down of now needless smaller air traffic control towers allowing high-technology to replace “man power”.

    This new system also referred to NextGen gives air traffic controllers a system to be more precise with a system wide information about flight data and even weather.

    While it replaces no longer needed man power and air-control traffickers it has helped created billions of dollars in jobs to continue research and development.

    Add TRACON New Tower and Terminal Radar Approach Control to the list of growing technology that will replace overstressed control tower personnel. Less human error, which may not be a good thing with the war of viruses growing in use by our enemies.




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