The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to start closing air-traffic control towers on April 7 as part of an effort to cut its current fiscal year budget by $600 million, but according to the agency, that's just the beginning. "The FAA has told us, point blank, that certification will either slow or it could even cease in some cases and be limited to only certification activities that impact safety," said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA senior vice president of government affairs.

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