FAA closing four air traffic control towers in Idaho

FAA closing four air traffic control towers in Idaho

FAA closing four air traffic control towers in Idaho

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 24 at 2:47 PM

BOISE -- The Federal Aviation Administration's final list of 149 air traffic control facilities that will be closed at small airports around the country starting next month contains four in Idaho.

Those are the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport in northern Idaho, Pocatello Regional Airport and Idaho Falls Regional Airport in eastern Idaho, and Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey in central Idaho.

The FAA is under orders to trim hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget. It released the list Friday, with the closures to start April 7.

The closures will not force any of the airports to shut down, but pilots will have to coordinate takeoffs and landings over a shared radio frequency with no help from ground controllers.

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