POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 6:02pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 10:25am
The federal budget sequester has had minimal effects so far, but one that was potentially serious involved cuts to the Federal Aviation Administration.
For aviation in Tyler, the news on federal budget cuts wasn’t good.
Among the cuts, funding to keep the tower at Tyler Pounds Airport open.
Closing the control tower could have threatened not only commercial…and civil aviation but contracts with the military to refuel their aircraft here.
But now there’s a solution.
We all know the Texas Department of Transportation is out of money to build roads. But did you know they have an aviation fund, and it’s pretty healthy…$193-million dollars.
And for only $7-million a year, they can keep this tower and 12 others open.
So, the tower issue is averted for now, but for how long, and will the sequester cuts be permanent?
Only Washington has that answer.
The other cities involved include not only smaller ones like Tyler and Waco, but even facilities in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.