Empty Skies Prompt Calls for Lights-Out at Idle Airport Towers

Empty Skies Prompt Calls for Lights-Out at Idle Airport Towers

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More than one-third of the 294 FAA-staffed towers and local radar rooms don’t have enough air traffic to justify seven-day, 24-hour operations, the FAA found in an internal survey from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.