Northeast Philadelphia Airport could lose control tower due to sequester

The control towers at the Northeast Philadelphia and Wilmington-Castle airports may close as a result of the federal budget cuts known as the sequester. Both airports are on a list of more than 200 targeted for a potential shutdown by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Closing the control tower wouldn’t close the airports. Hundreds of small airports operate without towers. Pilots have certain landing and takeover protocols, as well as a common radio frequency to announce their intentions.

But Robert Rockmaker, director of the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania, said Northeast Philadelphia is an active airport that ought to have a control tower.

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