BRADENTON, Fla. - General aviation airport officials in Florida and across the country are preparing to discuss the implications of their tower closings Tuesday in a conference call with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to Bill Johnson, executive director of the Florida Airports Council.

As part of its mandate under sequestration, the FAA plans to eliminate funding for contracted control tower employees at 149 general aviation airports across the country, including 14 towers in Florida – the largest number in the country, followed by Texas and California. Florida also has the largest aviation grant program in the nation.

Subscribe Now

Independent and authoritative analysis and perspective for the bond buying industry.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.