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Order FAA to Fund Airport Controllers

March 24, 2013

So intent on rejecting any cuts in federal spending is President Barack Obama’s administration that it is willing to risk the safety of those using 149 airports, including the Wheeling-Ohio County......

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Mar-24-13 10:33 PM

What hypocrisy. This paper has been ranting about the national debt for years. You want to man the control tower at the airport? Then fund it locally and shut up.

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Mar-24-13 12:44 PM

I am dumb- I didn' know that landing fees were not paid. That being the case- start charging or close the d$$$ thing down. Appears that it's a toy for those who can afford their own plane.

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Mar-24-13 9:49 AM


If the airports believe the pilots want towers they should ask them.

Are you willing to pay a landing fee to have a tower at Ohio County airport?

If yes then set a fee that recovers all the cost and problem solved.

Use the free market system for the smaller airports where safety is not a risk (like the thousands that already do this).

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Mar-24-13 9:47 AM

FAA should NOT fund these airport controllers.


Why are these 149 sacred?

Why should these 149 be funded when thousands more are not?

Why doesn't the Ohio County airport have landing fees for private aircraft?

Why is the taxpayer paying to subsidize million dollar private aircraft that have no landing fees (like Ohio County) with taxdollars for towers?

Why should the taxpayer subsidize private airline tickets to airports like Johnstown? [It is still happening today folks!!!]

STOP the spending.

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Mar-24-13 9:39 AM

Not only is the Emperor closing down control towers, he is doing a mighty fine job of further dividing the country! These things happen when you allow a commie to become your leader! ENJOY!

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Mar-24-13 8:46 AM

In the last couple of days, Obama has handed out $200 million to Jordan and $500 million to the Palestinian Authority. But there's no money for meat inspectors and air traffic controllers? Gee, it's almost as though he doesn't care about Americans.

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Mar-24-13 7:51 AM

This is just another example of this newspaper's (and I use the term liberally) total ignorance of the facts and what it is talking about. The scant number of operations (take offs and landings) conducted at the airport are far fewer in number than many other far busier airports that have been operating safely for decades without a manned control tower. Pilots are trained and continuously retrained on how to conduct themselves in uncontrolled airspace and at uncontrolled airports. While these zealots the write this tripe preach austerity for everyone else, they don't believe in it for themselves. Everyone else tighten your belts, while we continue to gorge ourselves.

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