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Originally posted by Baldryck
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
I'm a controller, although i work for the DoD at a base. Not everyone will be given the same day off at the same time, it will be staggered so there is still coverage I'm sure.
As far as the government is concerned, it's all part of the game they play. Just constant electioneering.
Mark Hanna, director of the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Ill., says without ground controllers as backup the risk to operate "goes up exponentially," especially at airports like his, which have such a broad mix of aircraft types: everything from privately operated Piper Cubs to the larger passenger planes of United and American airlines.
The lawsuits specifically mention the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires extensive review of any airport changes, as well as the Safety Management Systems protocols requiring thorough risk analysis that the FAA must carry out.
"That requirement is not excused" by the budget cuts, Olson said.