Wed, Mar 24, 2010
Language Inserted By Idaho Senators To Delay The Move
Idaho's two U.S. Senators inserted language in the FAA
Reauthorization bill passed Monday by the Senate that has put the
brakes on a planned relocation of the Boise TRACON facility to Salt
Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both Republicans,
successfully included language in the bill that will prevent the
FAA from relocating the facility until the Air Traffic
Modernization Oversight Board has completed a review of the entire
TRACON consolidation plan. It also stipulates that the move can't
take place without the approval of NATCA.
“From where we stand, it is necessary to have a thorough
review of the Boise consolidation and an independent determination
of the cost effectiveness of transferring the Boise TRACON,”
Risch said for the Congressional Record.
The Idaho Statesman reports that the FAA was planning the move
over the objections of local air traffic controllers and city
officials. They cited air safety and airport efficiency as the
reasons for opposing the move.
The overall plan is being looked at by U.S. DOT auditors in the
Inspector General's office. The agency had initially said moving
the TRACON facility would save $24 million over 25 years.
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