FAA: 2 Central Ohio Air Traffic Control Towers To Close


UPDATED: Friday March 22, 2013 6:31 PM

The Federal Aviation Administration says it's closing 149 air traffic control towers at small airports, including two in central Ohio.

The towers are Ohio State University's Don Scott Airport and Bolton Field in Franklin County are among those scheduled to close.

The moves are being made due to federal budget cuts.

All of the affected airports will remain open.

According to The Ohio State University, the four-week phased closure plan will begin on April 7 at Don Scott.

The university will await specific instructions from the FAA before announcing final details and dates related to the possible closure of The Ohio State University Airport air traffic control tower, officials said in a release Friday afternoon.

Officials said that the university would explore all options to continue air traffic control functions at the airport.

Pilots will be left to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency with no help from ground controllers.

That's something they are trained to do, but airport directors have raised concerns about the potential impact on safety.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says the agency will take steps to ensure safe operations at the affected airports.

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