Controllers want to know about FAA realignment of air control facilities

A special committee of the National Air Traffic Control Association wants to dissect and review the FAA’s plan to split and/or close Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities from their accompanying airport control towers in many locations and move those services to other locations.

NATCA formed a committee last fall to meet with the FAA after the agency said it would work with the association to develop a collaborative process to determine if and how towers and radar facilities could be changed to create a more efficient system. A special group met last week to try to review the FAA’s undisclosed plan.

The controllers say, to date, the FAA has not met with members of the committee and not shared its plan. NATCA officials said they are moving forward to collect information and start a strategy.

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