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In the 50's the airport was an essential part of Albany, planes came and went like they do in Atlanta, now the hub has changed, so lets get off the airport.
A story on the news last week said that Albany was the second busiest cargo airport in Georgia....
I want to learn more about the airport. I want it to stay front and center. If as some folks, who seem to be informed, say the military, cargo and commercial airlines need the tower, the community should have that information. If the business and military development is not impacted by the closure we should know that as well. The Obama administration has sent mixed messages on the importance of the tower. James Taylor and Jeff Sinyard are the most credible sources in the community. They need to get the truth and put it in front of the public. Not to disparage the fine Airport Authority but they would not be the proper group to take it to the public for budget purpose.
I would rather hear users such as the airlines and cargo haulers speak on the need. The base usage is pretty much like any who have business travelers but ask them to throw a dog in the fight anyway. Flights will come and go regardless of the decision so why ask Taylor and Sinyard to perjure themselves with trumped up claims of airplanes falling out of the sky if it is closed? If you want to know about need, don't ask a government person for an honest answer, ask one of those outside the system.
heck, that's a pretty incendiary remark to make about Taylor and Sinyard. I doubt if you could cajole those two fellows to perjure themselves but we'll allow your manure remarks to pass and give you an opportunity to present the commercial airlines and major haulers wisdom on the thread. So please tell us. We all want to hear them. I'm going to check back at intervals so we can see what you are presenting on behalf of ASA, UPS, FEDEX, and others. Just document what you are reporting that way we'll know there's no perjury involved. Thank you so very much for this service.
UPS and FedEx have cargo planes that can take off, fly to destination, and land without a human being touching any controls. Tower not needed.
But they don't.
The control tower in Dothan was scheduled to lose federal funding and was going to close also. Thanks to city officials who were more concerned about the people of Dothan than personal gain, they had worked out a deal not only to fund the tower but are bringing a company to the airport that will create 500 jobs and has the potential of creating 1500 more to support it. The company is in the process of hiring too. What a windfall this will be for the city...I quote from the Dothan Eagle newspaper: "Over 10 years, Commercial Jet’s investment in Dothan will create $740 million in wages, along with $22.95 million in sales and property tax collections, indirectly and directly." Nice, huh? Maybe the city fathers of Albany can get their thumbs out of their rear ends and work to bring some jobs to their city instead of tossing it away?? Just saying.......
The control tower controls GROUND traffic. No tower means all pilots are on the honor system when landing and taking off. It means they use "see and avoid". What if they don't see the other plane, or the deer, or the truck on the runway?
I don't have to have anyone give me the facts. I can Google, I can read and this not a complex issue. It's simply common sense. For $500,000 a year, we can continue to offer the safest possible landing, taxiing and take off conditions for the 200 people and the planes that use the airport every day. To not assume that responsibility on a local basis is just hoping for the best. If the worst ever happens because we have an unmanned tower, how expensive was $500,000 - really?
I heard that Albany City Fathers passed on I75 because they did not want the City to grow. They supposedly wanted to keep it where old money would continue to grow and the rest of the 99% would just push along. Then, there was the missed Throneestka Multi-modal transportation system, the Phoebe takeover, and now the Tower closing.
I hope that such is just hearsay on the first and pure coincidence for the other stuff.
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