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Airport tower on chopping block

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's pilots could soon have to manage take-offs and landings at Briscoe Field on their own.

Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville is among a list of 100 airports nationwide, where air traffic control towers could close if an upcoming federal sequestration goes through.

The $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts, set up during fiscal cliff negotiations, is set for March 1, unless Congress takes action. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said major airports could experience delays due to the cuts, but smaller airports would lose air traffic control support altogether.

A county spokesman confirmed the possible closure, which also could impact airports in Cobb and Fulton counties as well as in Athens, Columbus, Macon and Albany.

"If the tower is closed, the airport can still operate and the airport would remain open," county spokesman Joe Sorenson said. "The tower currently operates from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. If closed, pilots would not be able to take off and land with the assistance of the tower during that window, (so) 24-hour operations would be the same as the current period from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

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BuzzG 1 year, 8 months ago

Scare tactics from the left. Cut, cut and then cut some more.

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SuxBeanU 1 year, 8 months ago

Pilots are smart enough to manage their own take-offs and landings.There are other aiports in this country that operate the same way every day. There's nothing to see here folks, move along.

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kevin 1 year, 7 months ago

The president of the U.S. is the only one who can make decisions as to what to cut. If Obama is stupid enough to cut critical programs, then let the Liberals take the heat for it all. Can't wait for it to happen. Very tired of all the scare tactics of the far left.

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patbratton 1 year, 7 months ago

Increasing the federal budget by seven percent instead of ten percent is not a budget cut.

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R 1 year, 7 months ago

Not a champion of the new math I see...

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kthomas 1 year, 6 months ago

Apparently the Fulton County airport was on the closure list at one point but somehow got taken off and will remain open. I looked up airport operations in an FAA database and found in the past year, Gwinnett had 75,763 airport operations while Fulton had 50,643. The decision was obviously not justified using operational data (aka facts). So lets see, what does Fulton County have that Gwinnett does not.... Ah yes, a black, democratic, Obama fund raising mayor whose name would indicate that he too is likely a muslum hiding in plain sight. Well, if that's the price we have to pay for having a republican local gov't, then so be it.

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kthomas 1 year, 6 months ago

And to all those who complain about the airport... if you don't want hurricanes, don't move to the beach. If you don't want loud trains, don't move next to the tracks. If you don't want car and truck noise, don't move next to the interstate. And if you don't want airplanes, DON"T MOVE NEXT TO AN AIRPORT. The airport was there FIRST and it has an extremely important function to the local community and economy. Just because YOU do not make use of it does not mean it has no purpose.

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kthomas 1 year, 6 months ago

To those who say its no big deal, I've flown in and out of Gwinnett on days where the controller AND the supervisor had a hard time coordinating all the landing craft while still letting a long line of departing craft have a turn. Its just a matter of time before someone gets hurt and for no good reason. The contract towers ran more efficiently that the government towers ever could and were lauded and awarded by the FAA for their cost conservative operation. But terrorism from the white house occupiers want to make a political point so here we are. One day we will wake from this ruse and take our country back.

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