Columbus could be losing air traffic controllers - WRBL

Columbus could be losing air traffic controllers

Posted: Updated:
Source Source
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The Federal Aviation Administration has released the names of over 200 airports around the country that could be losing their air traffic controllers this year, and Columbus is on the list.

A lot of planes fly through the Columbus airport each day, some big and some small. Skyline Columbus is home to the city's flight school and owner Todd Shellnutt says with the loss of air traffic controllers, pilots will be left to fend for themselves. He say, "Airlines are jets, they're big jets. They move a lot quicker than our standard flight trainer, and so our students have to be more aware when they don't have big brother watching after them and telling them where these airplanes are."

He says now they will have to pay extra attention to obstacles, terrain and other planes. "A lot of the accidents you have when airplanes trade paint happen during these times when there's no big brother," he says.

Shellnutt adds that the vast majority of flights are private flights, and without air traffic controllers, safety concerns will grow significantly.

Passengers agree, saying they don't want to fly anywhere that isn't supervised.

Ryan Senegal says, "I'm very concerned. I would think twice about flying now if I knew the airport didn't have air traffic controllers."

Frequent flyer Molly Reid says, "If they are directing themselves, how are we ensured that the pilots or whoever have communication at all times?"

She adds that air traffic controllers shouldn't be victims of the economy. "I would hope there would be different ways we could find to save money instead of having all these people laid off and something like this that could interfere with travel."

American Airlines announced Tuesday that they are pulling out of the airport this spring. There are about eight commercial flights between American and Delta each day.

The airport cuts will start to happen over the next couple of months.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Update: Columbus man hit by own car after crashing on 1st Avenue

    Update: Columbus man hit by own car after crashing on 1st Avenue

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:52:14 GMT
    Anthony Williams, 29, was run over and killed by a car near Chase Homes on 1st Avenue late Saturday night, according to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.
    Anthony Williams, 29, was run over and killed by a car near Chase Homes on 1st Avenue late Saturday night, according to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.
  • Woman robbed of $700 at knifepoint in Columbus bank parking lot, report says

    Woman robbed of $700 at knifepoint in Columbus bank parking lot, report says

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:11:34 GMT
    Two men held a 50-year-old woman at knife point and took hundreds of dollars from her in a bank parking lot Friday, according to a police report.The woman told police the attack happened after she withdrew $700 from the Wells Fargo ATM on 13th Street. She says it happened around 5:30 in the afternoon.“That is very surprising, especially in broad daylight. It's just getting outrageous these days,” said Roy Robertson, who was withdrawing money from the ATM on Saturday.The woman told News 3 she ...
    Two men held a 50-year-old woman at knife point and took hundreds of dollars from her in a bank parking lot Friday, according to a police report.The woman told police the attack happened after she withdrew $700 from the Wells Fargo ATM on 13th Street. She says it happened around 5:30 in the afternoon.“That is very surprising, especially in broad daylight. It's just getting outrageous these days,” said Roy Robertson, who was withdrawing money from the ATM on Saturday.The woman told News 3 she ...
  • Motorcycle club altercation leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

    Motorcycle club altercation leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:49:52 GMT
    Two victims were shot in the chest and died. Two other people had non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to survive, said police.
    Two victims were shot in the chest and died. Two other people had non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to survive, said police.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.