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      FAA Sequester Cuts Could Affect Grand Island, Omaha Airports

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      Due to the sequester that is forcing across-the-board federal budget cuts, the Federal Aviation Administration is making plans to reduce spending by approximately $600 million for the 2013 fiscal year.

      The administration is looking at closing over 100 air traffic control facilities as well as eliminating the overnight shift at over 60 facilities.

      Grand Island is one of the airports looking at their air traffic control facility shut down. Omaha is on the list of those that may lose the overnight shift.

      Another way the FAA is planning to cut costs is by furloughing many of their employees for approximately one day per pay period. Preventative maintenance and support for air traffic control facilities is another area that may see cuts in spending.

      The FAA says they are planning to begin furloughs and facility shut-downs beginning in April.

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