FAA moves closer to shutting down regional weather centers

06/5/2009 | Washington Post, The

Air traffic controllers are blasting as "reckless" a plan to reduce regional weather forecasting facilities from 20 to just two. The National Weather Service forwarded its consolidation plan to the FAA on Thursday, following requests to reduce the cost of providing aviation weather forecasts. The FAA believes technology has made it unnecessary for forecasters to have face-to-face contact with air traffic controllers at regional centers around the country, but the controllers' union disagrees. "This is a foolish plan that puts cost savings ahead of safety," said union president Patrick Forrey.

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