Martin State Airport Seeks Federal Cooperation

With the sequestration budget taking effect, Maryland airports plead with FAA for funding.

Middle River's Martin State Airport is one of five Maryland airports seeking to retain federal funding for its control towers against the pressures of the sequestration budget, Fox 45 reports.

In addition to Martin State, Frederick Municipal Airport, Easton/Newnam Field Airport, Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Airport and Hagerstown Airport are in jeopardy of losing their control towers as of April 1, according to The Baltimore Sun.

With the sequester in effect, agencies across the country are preparing for belt-tightening as a result of the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the airline industry would take a $600 million hit, according to General Aviation News. Specifically, the general aviation industry is positioned to suffer without towers at some airports, the report stated.

Martin State is a hub for general aviation, or smaller, noncommercial flights. It is home to 143 single-engine planes, 24 multiengine planes, 13 jets, 7 helicopters and 24 military aircrafts.

According to Fox 45, the Federal Aviation Administration must determine by March 18 whether to continue funding control towers at Martin State and the four other Maryland airports.

Airports could still function but safety would be compromised without control towers, according to the Frederick News-Post.

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John Raymond Hruban March 13, 2013 at 09:43 PM
The Easton, MD tower that was installed a few years back was totally unnecessary. The airport manager falsified activity reports in order to get a tower. He said we had over 160,000 movements and 170 aircraft based here. Wikipedia.. FAA facts are 82 registered aircraft in the whole county and the tower reported 23,650 movements in the past 12 months. Politics as usual and a waste of taxpayer money. John Hruban, CFI 50 years and ex NTSB aircraft accident investigator
Sam Battle March 15, 2013 at 12:35 AM
John, If what you said is true , it should be reported and a fraud case should be opened and charges be filed.
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