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Sharpton's Sequester Sham: Falsely Claims Closing Control Tower Closes An Airport
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 02/25/2013 4:21:39 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

Al Sharpton joined the sequester scare-mongering squad on his MSNBC show this evening. Just one problem: the Reverend Al got one of his "facts" embarrassingly wrong. Sharpton claimed that the effect of the sequester would be to close Rep. Paul Ryan's hometown airport in Janesville, Wisconsin. Nuh-uh.

Yes, Southern Wisconsin Regional in Janesville is on a list of 200 airports, 100 of which would have their towers closed under the sequester. But closing a tower by no means closes an airport. Is Al unaware that of the roughly 20,000 airports in the USA, only about 500—less than 3%—have towers? Even if the tower closes, flights will continue to flow in and out of Janesville. There are well-established FAA procedures that pilots follow to communicate with each other at non-towered fields. Shame on Sharpton for his false scare-mongering.

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1 posted on 02/25/2013 4:21:46 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: netmilsmom; Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Sharpton gets his aviation facts flat wrong in latest sequester scare-monger tactic. Ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 02/25/2013 4:25:41 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: netmilsmom; Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Sharpton gets his aviation facts flat wrong in latest sequester scare-monger tactic. Ping to Today show list.


3 posted on 02/25/2013 4:26:40 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Facts and the truth have never bothered Al Sharpton at any time during his “career”. Why should he break that record now?

Tawana Brawley, anyone?


4 posted on 02/25/2013 4:26:57 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Anybody who regards Al Sharpton as anything but a piece of gutter filth isn’t worth listening to or knowing.


5 posted on 02/25/2013 4:27:28 PM PST by VR-21
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To: VR-21

Nothing like giving gutter filth a bad name. ;-)


6 posted on 02/25/2013 4:34:48 PM PST by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

A Class D airport isn’t too bad for flying into non towered (many D airports are non towered at least part of the time). I wouldn’t want to fly into a Class B or even C no tower.


7 posted on 02/25/2013 4:39:48 PM PST by chargers fan
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To: doc1019

My apologies. I used ‘sewer rat’ in another post only minutes before.


8 posted on 02/25/2013 4:43:53 PM PST by VR-21
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To: VR-21

LOL!


9 posted on 02/25/2013 4:45:48 PM PST by doc1019 (The rabbit hole that Obama is leading us down just gets deeper and deeper.)
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To: chargers fan

I don’t believe there are any Class B or C airports on the list of possible tower closures:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2013/02/22/travel-delays/1938959/


10 posted on 02/25/2013 4:48:34 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: chargers fan

Janesville is Class D.

http://vfrmap.com/?type=vfrc&lat=42.620&lon=-89.042&zoom=10


11 posted on 02/25/2013 4:50:00 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: VR-21

Al, they have this thing called unicom.


12 posted on 02/25/2013 4:54:04 PM PST by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: phormer phrog phlyer

They may not have that in the Freddy’s Fashion Mart FIR.


13 posted on 02/25/2013 4:59:22 PM PST by VR-21
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I would imagine that any city or airport on that list can always chip in themselves and hire an aircraft controller. If the airport means that much to the city, they can find a way to get it done. It is a complete fallacy that just because the federal government doesn't have the money to do something, it can't get done. What are states for? Or cities, counties, private industries, or charities?

If the government can't afford to fund a food bank, are people just going to stand outside starving while people walk by, or are we just going to go back to having churches and other charities fund them and take care of the problem ourselves?

14 posted on 02/25/2013 5:04:27 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

And by the way, what’s up with Al? Back in the Tawana Brawley days he was a big guy, now he looks like he has AIDS. In his case thinner does not look healthier.


15 posted on 02/25/2013 5:08:50 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Sorry, I guess I should have said my comment was in general since I didn’t know what class Jamesville was.


16 posted on 02/25/2013 5:11:44 PM PST by chargers fan
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To: Vince Ferrer

Sharpton says he’s lost the weight by going vegetarian:

http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/11/al-sharpton-credits-100-pound-weight-loss-to-vegetarian-diet/


17 posted on 02/25/2013 5:14:30 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Looking at the list, I noticed one I have flown to, Roswell, NM. The airport has at most four commercial flights per day, plus some miscellaneous flights due to an aircraft maintenance facility, and some aircraft testing. All they have to do is use a whiteboard or something to reserve a time for each of them, and the tower is not necessary.

A lot of these are executive airports for private planes and corporate jets. We should turn the tables and counter that the democrats just want to extend corporate welfare to their fat cat rich contributors.

And one airport I would want on this list is not on it, the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport. Even ABC has done a story on it: ABC News Reports On John Murtha's Pork Laden Airport

18 posted on 02/25/2013 5:29:03 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

“one airport I would want on this list is not on it, the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport.”

Good point. Gee, I wonder why it’s not on there? ;-)


19 posted on 02/25/2013 5:51:31 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It’s true. Unless a VFR aircraft squawking 1200 is within reception range of an operating control tower, it’s engine is automatically shut-down using the Mode J Lock-out and the pilot must perform an emergency landing. This is part of the new ADS-B system of aircraft traffic control. And since that will eliminate VFR flight, all aircraft will have to file IFR which, because of the sequester, will now take five hours after filing to receive a clearance. Airlines are installing emergency bunk rooms and medical clinics at airports now to help handle the passenger back-up.


20 posted on 02/25/2013 6:48:34 PM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: pabianice

I read the same thing on “The Onion.”


21 posted on 02/26/2013 11:41:28 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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