Closing Of Stillwater's Air Traffic Control Tower Poses Safety Concerns

Mar 22, 2013 Full story: News9 Oklahoma City

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Jay Wallace

Quezon City, Philippines

#1 Mar 25, 2013
good lord $500,000 to keep 5 air traffic controllers, they should have shut this down years ago i lived not far from Stillwater and never noticed the air traffic maybe it is all at night, well good they are closing it down they also need to close Enid another waist of our tax dollars
Anon

Stillwater, OK

#2 Mar 25, 2013
Jay Wallace wrote:
good lord $500,000 to keep 5 air traffic controllers, they should have shut this down years ago i lived not far from Stillwater and never noticed the air traffic maybe it is all at night, well good they are closing it down they also need to close Enid another waist of our tax dollars
Not sure how long ago you lived near Stillwater, but today we have a collegiate flight school based on the field as well as near constant military operations and multiple charter flights daily. On any given game day the Stillwater airport will see anywhere from 10-12 jet aircraft (sometimes far more) some of which include commercial regional jets, 737s, and 757s as well as several smaller airplanes. On a very slow day the airport may function smoothly without a control tower but on busy days (especially game days) the airport will undoubtedly be less safe. Many who are not pilots do not understand the function of air traffic control, but to those of us who are air traffic controllers are very important.

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