Sunday’s editorial “Budget flight path bumpier” reflected The Palm Beach Post’s lack of knowledge of a air traffic control tower’s purpose, the Federal Aviation Administration’s responsibilities and the federal law that regulates landing fees.
U.S. Reps. Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch do understand that the control tower doesn’t only “benefit wealthier high-flyers,” but provides a safety net to residents who live under the Boca Raton Airport flight paths. Controllers sequence and space aircraft, preventing visual flight rules — pilots solely relying on radio communication with each other and their eyes to determine if other aircraft are within their flight path. Controllers guide emergency medical flights (many are volunteers), Civil Air Patrol flights and government public servants, and provide the first responder eyes to any emergency on the airfield, shortening response times.
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