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Airport Towers to Close in Valley

The Federal Aviation Administration announced the closure of 149 control towers at small airports around the country, including two in the greater San Fernando Valley area. Whiteman Airport in Pacoima and Gen. William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster will close their towers as part of cost-cutting measures. Also, nearby airports in Oxnard and Victorville will close their towers. The airports don’t have commercial flights, however they cater to private pilots and corporate planes. At airports without control towers, planes can land and takeoff using a “one in, one out” procedure. Pilots notify each other on a universal radio frequency when they are approaching or preparing to use the runway. The process slows traffic and decreases the number of flights an airport can handle. “We will work with the airports and the operators to ensure the procedures are in place to maintain the high level of safety at non-towered airports,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement that accompanied the list of tower closures. The FAA will phase in the closures over a four-week period starting April 7.

Joel Russel
Joel Russel
Joel Russell joined the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2006 as a reporter. He transferred to sister publication San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2012 as managing editor. Since he assumed the position of editor in 2015, the Business Journal has been recognized four times as the best small-circulation tabloid business publication in the country by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. Previously, he worked as senior editor at Hispanic Business magazine and editor of Business Mexico.
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