A study shows that a potential $1 billion in cuts the Federal Aviation Administration may have to make as early as January could shut down more than 200 control towers mostly at small airports. The cuts have aviation groups concerned about potential safety effects. "It's unclear to us how the FAA would go about literally closing the doors and turning out the lights," said AOPA's senior vice president of government affairs, Melissa Rudinger. "But there's definitely a safety risk that would have us concerned."

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