3 Michigan Air Traffic Control Towers To Close

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My Home Town, Going down. . .

Originally posted on CBS Detroit:

LANSING (WWJ/AP) - Three air traffic control towers in Michigan — including one at city airport in Detroit– are among 149 nationwide that will be closed due to federal budget cuts.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that it will close towers at Coleman A. Young in Detroit, W.K. Kellogg in Battle Creek and Sawyer International in Marquette County’s Sands Township.

The closures, beginning early next month, will not force the shutdown of any of those airports, but pilots will be left to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency with no help from ground controllers. All pilots are trained to fly using those procedures.

The plan has raised concerns since a preliminary list of facilities was released a month ago. Those worries include the impact on safety and the potential financial effect on communities that rely on airports to help attract businesses and tourists.

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