Friday, March 22, 2013

Home to NASCAR team planes doesn't make FAA cut

   The air traffic control tower at Concord (N.C.) Regional Airport, home to many planes owned by NASCAR teams and drivers, will shut down by April 7 due to federal budget cuts.

    In a press release Friday, the FAA said:
    "Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reached the decision that 149 federal contract towers will close beginning April 7 as part of the agency’s sequestration implementation plan. The agency has made the decision to keep 24 federal contract towers open that had been previously proposed for closure because doing so would have a negative impact on the national interest."

    Concord was not among the towers kept open. Airports can remain open without towers but it will be left to pilots to coordinate take off and landings with other pilots.

   Click here to read press release.

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