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Old 03-09-2013, 09:40 PM
Location: North of Canada, but not the Arctic
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Originally Posted by ambient View Post
Not if they're commercial aircraft, they don't. There are thousands of commercial planes flying over the United States at any point in time. That's multiple hundreds of thousands of people being transported daily. How do you think all of these little dots on this map manage to safely depart their origin and navigate to their destination without chaos and accidents in the skies? You think this "just happens" on its own?

Many conservatives are too dense to know what the FAA is or what it does to keep them from dying when they fly their oversized butts across the country on commercial aircraft.
Trust me. I'm a commercial pilot and have taken off and landed from uncontrolled fields many times. These are not major airports; these are the ones that you hear about Air Traffic Controllers falling asleep at. I found this list http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/medi..._Be_Closed.pdf I'm not sure how accurate it is, but if you look at it, you will see these are mostly small towns. I'm surprised many of them even have control towers. The amount of "general aviation" (non-commercial) flying has decreased in recent years due to the rising costs of fuel, insurance, fees, maintenance, etc. so many of these airports are not as busy as they used to be. Most of the airliners shown on the map you posted take off and land at the major airports, not these smaller ones. Smaller airports served by airliners may only have a few airline flights a day plus a few general aviation flights.

Old 03-09-2013, 10:49 PM
Location: San Diego, CA
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In the last four years where data is available (2008-2011), Federal spending went up an average of 9% per year.

If spending was going to go up by this average amount next year, sequestration means that it will go up 7% instead of 9%.

Yes, even with this sequestration everybody is screaming in terror about, spending will INCREASE next year over what it was this year. And by a pretty good amount.

So, let me get this straight:

Due to an INCREASE of 7% in spending, the FAA is going to close 168 control towers???
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