The Bipartisan Policy Center recently issued a report outlining the potential effects of budget sequestration. Of particular interest to pilots is the potential scope of cuts to the Federal Aviation Administration: “Sequestration would cut about $1.5 billion from the Federal Aviation Administration budget, including possibly more than $900 million from the salaries of air traffic controllers. That would require a 10 percent to 12 percent cut in hours worked by controllers, forcing some reduction in takeoffs and landings. Currently, controllers manage airspace containing about 87,000 flights a day. It would be reasonable to expect a 10 percent reduction in hours worked to result in the cancellation or as many as 5,000 flights per day.”
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