Wed, Aug 18, 2004
Another Warning About Looming Staffing Crisis
Air traffic controllers from the
Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center will discuss the
serious controller shortages facing their facility and the
potential travel and safety concerns associated with having too few
eyes handling planes.
The Federal Aviation Administration itself anticipates a
Controller shortage nationwide of up to 50 percent in the next 10
years. Timing is particularly critical given an upcoming vote in
the Senate Appropriations Committee authorizing funding for the FAA
and other transportation-related agencies.
The controllers say a bipartisan group of Senate committee
members have asked their colleagues to give $14 million to FAA to
begin the critical hiring process. Albuquerque controllers are
urging Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) to help the fight for this
necessary funding to protect the safety of our skies.
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