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Discussion in 'FAA News, Opinion and Articles' started by Rotorruss, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. Rotorruss

    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member III

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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Westhampton beach on Long Island has a contract tower. In the winter it is slow, however come spring it has high corporate jet activity. Holidays are also busy even in the winter! No tower would mean that a corporate jet and a Piper cub will have problems here!

    Brookhaven airport has about 50,000 movements a year. There is flight training, banner towing, glider operations and from April-September parachute operations. The week end is a circus with all operations using the same runway with as many as 18 jump plane operations an hour. There is no tower at Brookhaven, it is non towered and every year there are numerous runway incursions and close calls between jumpers and aircraft. An accident is going to happen here. It has been close many times but the odds are increasing and the luck is running out.o_O
     
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    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member III

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    ...it it only going to get worse with all the UAS flying around too. The big companies aren't going to take NO for an answer. The agency will get their marching orders to "make it work"! Can't wait to see who is named to "fix" it all.
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Rotorruss Hangar Silver Member III

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    ... I'm sure crying Chucky will "stonewall" the nomination. That means "revolving door" Dan will be in charge for awhile longer. The longer it takes the more "risk" is allowed to happen. The "SWAMP" doesn't care as long as they get a paycheck.
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Yes but a lot of the swampies use the airlines and you would think they want a permanent Administrator to keep their asses in one piece!!!
     
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    The contract towers that I'm familiar with wouldn't exist without funding from the local communities.
    There are not enough operations to meet the FAA's guidelines for funding a tower at these small airports.
    Many airports remain open only because of the contract towers. Boca Raton, FL, (BCT) is an example.
    The contract tower enforces the noise ordinances to keep the rich neighbors quiet, and stalls the land developers.
    So... The alphabet groups recognize the lesser of two evils...
     
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    ...yes, picking battles has some positive effects. The appealing thing with contract towers is the lowered price to run them. Congress keeps using that as justification to "privatize" ATC. Contract towers also skew safety data. Runway incursions happen but often go unreported.

    Tower issues will be compounded when UAS starts transitioning through controlled airspace. It will get real interesting when a drone brings down a large aircraft because of a lack of separation.

    We'll see what the next adminstator brings to the table.
     
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    Yes and they will be impossible to regulate and are a great terrorist tool in the wrong hands.
     

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