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Tower Closings Announced

From: Andy Z.
Sent on: Saturday, March 23, 2013 7:42 AM

Greetings, Aviators!


Well, there's GOOD news, and there's BAD news...


The GOOD news:  Dutchess County Airport is NOT- repeat- NOT on the list of tower closures planned in April!  They have avoided the cut so far, but again- that is "so far."


The BAD news:  There are towers at airports we regularly use that are on the closure list.


The cuts are currently limited to "Contract Towers," control towers that are operated by a for-profit company for the FAA, while meeting all same requirements and standards of government-run towers.  In all reality, a pilot can't usually tell if the tower is a "Contract Tower" or a Feerally-operated tower, they both do business the same way.


Because the tower closures are currently limited to Contract Towers, Dutchess Tower is unaffected.  However, since most of Connecticut airports have Contract Towers, CT airports are particularly hard-hit.  Major airports, by state:



Ithaca (ITH)

Griffiss (RME)



Bridgeport (BDR)

Danbury (DXR)

Groton (GON)

Hartford (HFD)

New Haven (HVN)

Waterbury-Oxford (OXC)


These will not ALL happen on April 7th, they will be shut down sometime after April 7 according to individual scheduling.


If you plan on going to one of these airports after April 7th, here's how you ensure you're prepared for the lack of ATC services at your destination airport:


1) Get a Standard Weather Briefing prior to the flight.  This will verify the status of the tower and availability of ATC services.

2) Review the Air Safety Foundations's pamphlet on Operations at Non-Towered Airports here:

3) If you'd like to have a special PPA get-together to go over operation at non-towered airports, send me an email letting me know you'd be interested.  If there's enough interest, I'll post it as an event and will put together a presentation for early April covering how to handle newly non-towered airports.


Just to confirm- at this time, KPOU is NOT expecting ANY interruption of tower services at POU.


We at the PPA hope this is a temporary load off your mind, and encourage safe flying while our ATC system is in a state of flux.  If you'd like to have any- ANY information covered, discussed, or taught from the AIM, FARS, or other publications, don't hesitate to make your request!  Send me an email and we'll see what we can do.  The PPA is here to educate and promote safe flying, and that's what we want to do!


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