Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The airport in Gwinnett County joins the Spokane Airport in Washington State in asking a judge to review the FAA's decision to stop funding airport traffic control towers.
Tuesday, April 30
Gwinnett County is not giving up the fight to keep the air traffic control tower at Briscoe Field fully funded. The airport in Lawrenceville joined a lawsuit filed by the Spokane Airport in Spokane, WA. On April 24, Gwinnett County filed a motion to intervene in the case of Spokane Airport Board, Petitioner v. Michael P. Huerta Administrator and Federal Aviation Administration, Respondents, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Case No. 13-71172. They are requesting a judge review the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to stop funding to federal contract towers. “Gwinnett County is seeking to join in this action as our interests are aligned with those of Spokane and other similarly situated airports with contract …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
All 149 air traffic control towers will continue operating until June 15.
Saturday, April 6
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday (April 5) that it will delay the closures of all 149 federal contract air traffic control towers including Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field until June 15. Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these towers as part of the agency’s required $637 million budget cuts under sequestration. Briscoe Field's tower's closing date was May 5. A general aviation airport, Briscoe Field is located in Lawrenceville. This additional time will allow the agency to attempt to resolve multiple legal challenges to the closure decisions, according to a news release. As part of the tower closure implementation process, the agency continues to …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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 …