FAA May Not Move Abilene TRACON Functions To DFW | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 10.19.17

Airborne 10.16.17

Airborne 10.17.17

Airborne 10.18.17

Airborne 10.19.17

Airborne 10.20.17

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 10.19.17

Airborne 10.16.17

Airborne 10.17.17

Airborne 10.18.17

Airborne 10.19.17

Airborne 10.20.17

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17

NEW!!! 2017 AirVenture Innovation Preview -- YouTube Presentation / Vimeo Presentation

Mon, Feb 25, 2013

FAA May Not Move Abilene TRACON Functions To DFW

Agency Said To Be Re-Evaluating The Proposed Consolidation Of Services

The FAA may re-consider its plan to consolidate TRACON services in central Texas, which would merge the facility currently operating at Abilene Regional Airport with the one at Dallas/Fort Worth International.

Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) (pictured) requested a review of the proposed consolidation last week. "A couple years ago, the FAA decided to start the process of moving the TRACON operations from the Abilene Regional Airport to the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. It’s absolutely critical that such a move would actually save money and not threaten the safety of travelers and pilots in the 19th District," he wrote in a constituent newsletter.
 
"The FAA’s analysis of the costs and benefits of this decision proved faulty from the outset.  Last year, I requested an Inspector General report to investigate the process specifically related to Abilene, and they recently confirmed that the FAA’s cost assessments were flawed. I’m happy to report that our requests for transparency and thoroughness have paid off: officials from the FAA notified me last week that they would conduct a more methodical review of the proposal. I will continue to monitor this situation closely and look forward to reviewing the FAA’s findings.
 
"The FAA must be accountable to taxpayers and must work to keep the flying public safe, and I am committed to ensuring that it keeps that promise."

In a letter to Congressman Neugebauer, DOT IG Calvin Scovel (pictured) said that his office reviewed three business cases produced by FAA that evaluated the costs and potential savings associated with the realignment, including the underlying assumptions used in each of the business cases. "Our review found that none of FAA’s three business cases presented a comprehensive picture of the costs and potential benefits of the Agency’s Abilene TRACON realignment effort. Of the three, the most recent business case, created by an independent contractor in February 2011, provides the most detailed cost comparison given how it projected long-term air traffic controller labor costs, the largest cost driver of the realignment.

"However, none of the business cases provide enough information to determine whether the TRACON realignment would result in future cost savings or operational benefits. We also reported that the assumptions used in the three business cases regarding staffing levels, equipment, and other items only represent estimates of future costs, and will likely differ from what will actually be implemented, resulting in different costs and savings."

Congressman Neugebauer told television station KTXS that it now appears that the FAA will do a "more comprehensive cost-benefit analysis" at Abilene and other airports across the country, a process that Don Green, Abilene's Director of Aviation, told the station it could take up to three years to complete.

FMI: www.oig.dot.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 10.20.17: Santa Monica Setback, Red Bull Aviatrix, C-49 Flies Again

Also: HondaJet World Tour, Barnstorming, SpaceX, Dauntless, Fixed-Wing VTOL, Gravitational-Waves, Swedish Drones The City of Santa Monica may now proceed with shortening the runway>[...]

AMA Drone Report 10.19.17: Drone/Airliner Midair?, FAA Sued, CNN 107 Waiver

Also: Swedish Drone Ban Lifted, Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo, Drone Shark Detection, Kittyhawk DJI Sync 2.0 Recent reports about a midair collision between a jet and a drone have been>[...]

RFP: ANN Seeking New Site/Facility For Major Studio Upgrade

It's Official: Aggressive Upgrades For New Airborne Programs WILL Require New Digs It's been in development for years, but we're getting to a point where we think we can pull off s>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17: Eagles v Drones, DJI AeroScope, Drone Policy

Also: AeroVironment Award, Washington State Patrol, Altavian Nova UAS, Robotaxis The French Military is training four Golden Eagles to attack drones in flight as a way to defend ag>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.22.17)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "National Airlines has tirelessly supported Americans at home and abroad for nearly 20 years. In the case of Puerto Rico, National was able to mobilize q>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC