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Naples Air Traffic Control Tower Update
Call to Action from our Executive Director:
Thank you for your support of the FAA contract control tower at Naples Municipal Airport. Your voice was heard in Washington D.C. and helped to secure federal funding for our tower through the fiscal year ending September 30th. There are still some unanswered questions regarding funding of the contract tower program beyond September 30th that I want to make you aware of.
Although full funding for all contract towers is included in both the House and Senate fiscal year 2014 DOT/FAA appropriations bills, it is highly unlikely that Congress will finish the appropriations bill by October 1st, the beginning of the new fiscal year. Given the uncertainty regarding federal funding beyond October 1st, we need to make sure DOT and FAA allocate funds to keep towers open for the time between October 1st and whenever the final 2014 appropriations bill is completed by Congress and signed by the President.
It is anticipated that a Continuing Resolution (CR) will be crafted to keep the government running after the end of the fiscal year on September 30th. All indications are that the CR will be short term (one to three months in length), but is unclear at this point how, or even if, contract tower funding will be addressed. What is clear is that FAA is contemplating action that would once again target contact towers for cuts if sequestration remains in place, which appears highly likely.
FAA Administrator Huerta hosted a meeting of a dozen aviation industry stakeholders on August 15 to discuss initial planning for the next round of sequestration and discussed a series of "bad choices" including furloughs, deferring controller hiring, reductions in the efficiency of the system and shrinkage of services. Specific examples of shrinking services identified by the Administrator included phased out funding for contract towers, flight service stations, and contract weather observers, with the explanation that "this allows FAA to target remaining resources to serve the largest number of passengers at the most utilized locations."
Please continue to help us communicate the importance of keeping the Naples Municipal Airport tower open by contacting our congressional offices in Washington. Congress returned to Washington on September 9th. Contact information and a sample message are provided below. Your input will help support not only the Naples Municipal Airport tower, but all 251 FAA contract towers in operation across America.
“FAA Administrator Huerta told an industry stakeholder meeting on August 15 that the agency intends to phase out contract tower funding given the uncertainty of the fiscal year 2014 appropriations process. With full and dedicated funding for contract towers in both the House and Senate fiscal year 2014 DOT/FAA appropriations bills, the intent of Congress is clear to keep this program intact. As such, we request your assistance in contacting DOT Secretary Foxx and FAA Administrator Huerta and urge them to keep FAA contract towers open beyond September 30. Any uncertainty of funding for these towers as we approach the end of the fiscal year 2013 will create significant safety and operational concerns in our community and with the flying public. This program is critical to our community. Unfortunately, FAA appears to be contemplating once again targeting this highly successful and cost-effective air traffic safety program for disproportionate cuts. We cannot allow that to happen. Thank you very much for your continuing support and assistance.”
Please click here to view a sample letter we sent to our congressional and senatorial representatives.
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