May 5th is the date the Federal Aviation Administration has set to close down Central Wisconsin Airport’s Control Tower. Since the 1990’s, the tower at CWA has been able to operate under a contract with the U.S. Contract Tower Association in Washington D.C.
As the sequester cuts tighten the FAA’s budget, that contract will be null and void along with 149 other towers in the United States.
Airport Manager Tony Yaron wants to push back the decision to close the tower because he says once it’s closed, it most likely won’t re-open.
“We’d be looking at staying this decision, pushing it back. We want to allow the tower to continue to operate because it’ll be hard to get it back up and running.”
Safety will remain a priority CWA says, whether the current traffic controllers continue their work, or the Minneapolis Center begins to control the skies.
If the decision can’t be pushed back, the tower will close laying off all 5 of the workers that run control operations at CWA.
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