WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The ripple effects of the sequester continue to make their way across the country, including into our area.
The FAA has been forced to reduce its budget by $600 million.
The first round of cuts will lead to the closure of 149 air traffic control towers in just a few weeks.
While Purdue was spared, the future of its tower remains up in the air.
"Most people don't realize that Purdue is the second busiest airport in Indiana; after Indianapolis we have about 95,000 operations a year here, but the majority of those are associated with Purdue's aviation technology program," commented Airport Director Betty Stansbury.
"We could be like most of the airports in the U.S. that (do) not have towers and we (could) just continue to operate, so we just (wouldn't) have that extra set of eyes watching what's going on at the airport," she adds.
With 13 federal employees, its closure would not affect the safety of students and private passengers that come through here.
"Now there is an efficiency concern because without the controller there guiding the aircraft then we have wider separation standards because there's not some one there directing the aircraft and pilots have to do what we call see and avoid," commented Stansbury.
Right now for the Purdue Airport, it's a waiting game to see what will happen during the next round of FAA cuts.
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