Briscoe tower remains on closure list

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The air traffic control tower at Gwinnett's Briscoe Field could close as early as next month, according to an announcement from the Federal Aviation Administration Friday.

The county appealed the FAA's decision to close the tower as part of a nationwide effort to meet $637 million in cuts required under budget sequestration, but the Lawrenceville general aviation airport remained among the 149 on the FAA's closure list Friday. A total of 40 had been taken off the closure list, including Charlie Brown Field in Fulton County.

An exact date for Briscoe's tower closure has not been announced, although the FAA said the towers across the nation will be closed during a four-week phased time period beginning April 7.

"It is unclear what impact the closure will have on flight operations. The county regrets that the FAA did not grant a waiver with our appeal, but we are hopeful that this is not a permanent or long-term situation," county spokesman Joe Sorenson said of the tower, currently operational from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. "Gwinnett County reaffirms our continued commitment to maintaining all other safety and operational aspects at the airport beyond the Air Traffic Control Tower."


alismom13 2 years, 6 months ago

Well I hope they close Briscoe field until funding becomes available. I've lived with-in a mile of Briscoe for less than 4 years and have seen 4 fatal crashes in that time. It will be even more dangerous now.


Why_not 2 years, 6 months ago

I didn't think there were that many in the time frame you mentioned. I know of one in 2010, 2009, and two in 2006.


jjbod1 2 years, 6 months ago

In those small airports, pilots fly in and out all the time with out having some one in a control tower. Briscoe is no where near big enough where it will be a issue. If it was, the gov would not seriously do that. This is just another media ploy to make the idiot in the White house look like a savior that is going to help us all. I am so sick of sheeple.


FinanceBuzz 2 years, 6 months ago

Bingo. Smaller airports all over the country operate without towers. Gwinnett did for years. It is what it is. We are in very deep debt. Just like a family in the same situation, you have to give some things up. You can't have everything you want. No different for the US and the federal government.


alismom13 2 years, 6 months ago

I suppose the closer you are to the flight paths, the more dangerous it looks. I hear and see them fly over all day. It looks like an accident waiting to happen, to me. I hope to be proven wrong on this one!


dentaldawg83 2 years, 6 months ago

wonder if the press will continue to cover these sequester consequences when it is proven nobody even misses any of this.


166LZU 2 years, 6 months ago

I don't really remember when the tower opened, but FWIW air traffic at LZU has been in a general decline for well over a decade. There were 115,029 operations in 1999, but only 78,810 operations in 2012 - over a 30% reduction. Certainly the recession has played a part in the decrease of activity - but even in 2006 (before the recession) there were only 87,605 operations at LZU. At some point it's just not worth it to have a tower...


Why_not 2 years, 6 months ago

Of you go back and check, I think you will find things of the same order with the previous administration. Especially with all the trips to Crawford, Tx. Bush has also asked for more money than any other former president after leaving office. I guess maybe its because postage is so expensive now...hahaha


R 2 years, 6 months ago

So let’s get this straight for the record, the reason for not “stopping this” is because the last guy did it?

Even if true, the last guy didn't have 17TRILLION plus on the books at the time and didn't run on promising “changing how things are done” because he hated the last guy’s ways...

AH Huh..

Now back to the tower at hand, with decreasing flights in the “trend book” , it would appear adjusting / closing tower operations actually makes sense for the near term. Unless local operators know of some reason not covered/presented to the general public that aren’t experts on aviation.

Maybe "Propeller fellers" can jump in?


kayak 2 years, 6 months ago

Now don't go stirring those pinheads up! Anyway, I think they all went back to D.C. or some other rock to crawl under....


kevin 2 years, 6 months ago

So why_not compares the cost of going from Washington DC to Crawford, TX to the money spent to go from Washington DC to the Mideast and Paris and complains about Mr. Bush. That shows how Liberals think when it's their folks wasting all our money.


jack 2 years, 6 months ago

So kevin and Why_not wish to argue about which party is more righteous when it comes to wasting taxpayer dollars, instead of being at all outraged that those dollars are being wasted.

This is why we're doomed.


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