FAA Granted Flexibility for Spending Decisions

Monday, April 29, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

Officials at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association praised Congress for passing legislation that would give the FAA the flexibility to make more measured decisions about spending cuts, including staffing and contract towers.

“Through their strong support for this measure, both the House and Senate have made it clear that the safety and efficiency of our aviation system is a priority,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller. “All of us who fly are grateful for their efforts.”

According to a story at AOPA.org, the legislation allows the Department of Transportation to move $253 million to the FAA’s operations account.  The agency can then use the money to stop furloughs and potentially keep open many of the 149 air traffic control towers slated for closure.

» Full Story on AOPA.org