Federal cuts could force some airport control towers to close - CBS46 News

Federal cuts could force some airport control towers to close

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If President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress don't act in just four days, federal spending cuts automatically take effect.

In Georgia, one of consequences of the cuts will be the closing of air traffic control towers at seven small airports.

Three of those airports are right here in metro Atlanta.

McCollum Field, Gwinnett County-Briscoe Field and Fulton County-Brown Field all face the possibility of their control towers closing.

McCulloum Field Manager Karl VonHagel told CBS Atlanta News his facility will continue to operate, but he is concerned that closing the fields control tower will have an impact on safety.

"We will see the margin of safety that control tower affords us, that margin of safety will diminish," VonHagel said.

According to VonHagel, safety is just one concern.

VonHagel said Monday almost 1,000 people depend on the airport for their jobs and none can afford for a slowdown because of a tower closure.

"Taking that control tower away will hinder our economic development efforts," VonHagel said.

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