Control towers not needed for all airspaces

Published: March 16, 2013

Regarding “FAA plans to close control towers at six state airports” (News, March 12): Budget cutbacks are always difficult for federal agencies. The Federal Aviation Administration must also make tough decisions to become more efficient and honest with taxpayer dollars.

As a retired military and commercial pilot, I can assure you that flying in and out of an airport without an operating tower doesn't necessarily impose a higher degree of safety concerns. I'm fully capable of maintaining traffic separation from other aircraft in and around most airports. Highly congested airports such as Dallas, Atlanta, Miami and other similar airspace do need a functional tower. Also, the majority of catastrophic midair collisions have happened in FAA-controlled airspace.

Jack A. Milavic, Edmond