posted on Mar, 23 2013 @ 11:39 AM
Originally posted by Baldryck
Originally posted by neo96
So 149 Airports where the TSA won't get to grope people ?
I am fine with that.
No it's 149 airports where there will be no positive control. No one ensuring vehicles don't enter the runway while a plane is landing or departing.
No one ensuring planes don't enter the runway while a plane is landing or departing. Higher risk for accidents.
Some of these small airports are busier than one might imagine. This is a very dangerous game they are playing right now. The contractors don't pay
for TSA, DHS does and as far as I can tell they won't be furloughed. They'll still be there as people get onto planes.
Just because an air traffic facility is closed at these airports, that doesn't mean the airlines won't fly people in and out of them.
I come at this in a way that I hope does not offend anyone. I flew 8.5 years in the military, 8+ years as a corporate pilot and finally 25 years for a
major air carrier who could afford my own show/acrobatic aircraft. None of which makes me feel like an expert just a survivor...so with that in mind
here we go.....I have been to many airshows with no tower. It was not unusual to land 350 aircraft in a period of a couple of hours without a problem
except for a few go-arounds due to someone not clearing the runway in a timely manner.. Take your highly skilled controllers with all their snitch
computer software rules and regulations and they are lucky to get 60 aircraft on the ground in an hour in a TCA environment. We (pilots) have/had
procedures for non-controlled airports which have worked very well since Wilbur.
A close call with regards to a mid-air collision was in radar contact 3 miles north of IAH (George Bush International) in my aircraft. A Cessna 172
passed directly below me at considerably less than 500 ft. I saw him coming but I doubt he saw me...I asked the controller if he had the traffic and
he said "no, oh wait I have a primary target only. Did I get his tail number"?
The Cessna had busted the TCA boundaries and to keep from having to talk to or get an ATC clearance around or through the TCA so he/she had just
turned off his transponder thinking to sneak through.
Houston went through a short Butt head period and used to be a real pain when requesting clearance through the TCA; many times they would just say
"remain clear". ATC knew my tail number and really never hassled me but I certainly heard others who were not so lucky. There were many/few? who
seemed to think o.k. Houston you want to be a butt and make me fly an extra 30 minutes and burn fuel then catch me if you can....They caught some but
many they did not.
In spite what some would have you believe aircraft fly just fine and make 1000s of take-offs and landing everyday without ATC or tower controllers.
Union will scream bloody murder with teeth, hair, and eyeballs all over the runway but in reality things will be just fine IMO.
Now, as others have posted the cut is for the rank and file not where the big waste and bucks are...I have to face palm every time I read or hear
someone who believes the government can do anything in a cost effective way without waste or semi-efficiently. Put another way, "If some ran their
business like the government runs theirs they wouldn't have a business to run".
edit on 23-3-2013 by 727Sky because: real
edit on 23-3-2013 by 727Sky because: business