NATCA Closure Study Thank You Letter
Received this letter from the NATCA Representative today thanking everyone for support for keeping Toledo Tower open overnight.
Thank you for submitting a response to the Federal Aviation
Administration (“FAA” or “the Agency”) regarding the staff study of
the feasibility of closing Toledo Air Traffic Control Tower (“ATCT”)
and TRACON during overnight hours.
The findings of the staff study made strong business and safety
cases for keeping the facility open and staffed continuously, and
your submission helped to form and validate those results.
In all, over ninety pieces of correspondence were included with the
report. The tremendous outpouring of support from local pilots,
organizations, companies, elected officials, and our community is
greatly appreciated. The air traffic controllers at Toledo ATCT and
TRACON are humbled by your support and wish to express a
heartfelt “Thank You.”
At this time, our efforts to stop overnight closures has been
successful. On May 8, 2013, the FAA issued the following
statement: “The FAA has decided not to pursue the elimination of
midnight shifts at this time.”
This announcement is a result of the Reducing Flight Delays Act of
2013 (HR 1765/S.853) that also ended FAA employee furloughs by
allowing the FAA to reallocate up to $253 million to “prevent
reduced operation and staffing” for the remainder of the fiscal year
which ends on September 30, 2013.
While this is excellent news, there are two important issues to note:
1. By law, the ability to adjust funding expires at the end of the fiscal year unless
Sequestration is replaced by some other legislative vehicle. Once that
authorization expires, it is possible to return to the same predicament that was
2. The FAA’s statement regarding closures indicates that the midnight shift
eliminations are off of the table “at this time.” Because the staff studies are
already complete, the Agency will be able to act more quickly the next time that
closures are contemplated.
While we must be prepared for further action by the Agency, we are pleased to have
been successful in stopping any closure in the near to mid-term.
Thank you again for helping to keep the skies over Northwest Ohio and Southern
Michigan controlled and safe. Your local air traffic controllers are honored to serve the
flying public and our community.
NATCA Local TOL