Sequester Cuts Could Close Briscoe Field Tower

The control tower at Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville is among those on an FAA closure list.

Should the massive U.S. sequester budget cuts become reality, Briscoe Field in Gwinnett County could be affected.

The control tower at the county-owned Lawrenceville facility is among more than 100 federal air traffic control operations that could be affected by the looming cuts, according to a Gwinnett spokesperson.

The control tower at Briscoe Field is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA Director Ray LaHood informed Gwinnett Authorities on Friday that the tower could be closed, county spokesperson Joe Sorenson said Monday.

However, Briscoe Field would remain open and operating even if the tower were closed, Sorenson said. And revenue derived from the airport likely would remain unchanged.

Sorenson said that the county derives most of its airport revenue from leases, and that Briscoe Field is largely a break-even operation.

He also noted that most small airports like Briscoe do not have control towers. The towers make for safer operations, such as when pilots are crossing runways.

At Briscoe, the tower is closed from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily under normal operations, although some commercial charter jets land at that time.

The potential shutdown of Briscoe's control tower could send some pilots to nearby airports, such as DeKalb Peachtree Airport in Atlanta. Officials with that airport could not be reached for comment.

See also:

How 'Sequester' Budget Cuts Would Affect Georgia

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flyinby February 28, 2013 at 02:22 AM
oh, COME ON ... who is propulgating this fear-mongering crap? I think most of us are smarter than that now ... Obama lied about sequestration: he proposed it Woodward wrote that Obama administration proposed sequester http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/22/fact-check-woodward-wrote-that-obama-administration-proposed-sequester/#ixzz2A7jo6llL During Monday evening's final presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, the president said he and his administration didn't offer the so-called budget BOB WOODWARD: A 'Very Senior' White House Person Warned Me I'd 'Regret' What I'm Doing http://www.businessinsider.com/bob-woodward-obama-sequester-white-house-reporting-price-politics-2013-2 "I think they're confused." Amazing – Obama Caught in Bald-Faced Lie on White House Sequester (Video) http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/02/amazing-obama-caught-in-bald-faced-lie-on-white-house-sequester-video/ here is a montage of political statements on the sequester. From the video it is clear that the sequester cuts were a product of the White House. It is also clear that Barack Obama continues to get away… Sometimes a Visual Aid Helps. http://reason.com/assets/mc/psuderman/2012_09/sequester-chart.png Here is a Chart Showing Federal Spending With and Without Sequestering. Don't Fall for the Propaganda... it (Sequestration) isn't as Big of Deal as they are Pretending it is !


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