The sequester cuts hit Fullerton Airports pilots.
Fullerton Municipal Airport’s air traffic control tower will be one of 11 in California that will shut down in April because of the sequestration cuts that started earlier this month.
The Federal Aviation Administration released a list of 149 small air traffic control towers Friday, confirmation speculation that the city’s general aviation airport tower would be part of the chopping board. The government agency is required to cut $637 million from its budget by Sept. 30, the end of the 2013 fiscal year.
Concerned pilots and airport employees told radio station KPCC that the FAA’s cuts would mean a less safer airspace in Southern California.
Other traffic control towers in Southern California that are part of the FAA’s chopping block are Hawthorne, Oxnard, San Diego Brown Field, Victorville, Pacoima and Lancaster.
Fullerton is the only strictly general aviation airport in Orange County as John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana hosts commercial and general aviation flights. According to the City website, the air traffic control tower was built in 1959 and was the first of its kind in Orange County.
The airport, located on Commonwealth Airport near the border with Buena Park, currently hosts aviation operations for the California Highway Patrol, the Orange County Fire Department and the Anaheim Police Department. It has room to accommodate 600 planes and its runway length is 3,120 feet.