McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller submitted a letter to the editor to TownSquareBuzz.com on Monday, thanking Congressman Sam Johnson for his efforts in aviation leadership, especially as it relates to the long-term stability of McKinney National Airport’s contract tower program.
The letter follows:
Now that Congress has approved and the President has signed legislation to fund the federal government through September 30, we wanted to give special thanks to Congressman Sam Johnson (pictured at top) for his outstanding leadership in protecting aviation safety in our community.
As many Americans will recall, the Federal Aviation Administration announced plans last spring to close 149 contract air traffic control towers nationwide, including ours at McKinney National Airport, in an attempt to deal with budget cuts caused by sequestration. We argued vigorously against the FAA’s plans given the very serious impact that closing federal contract towers would have on aviation safety in our community and across the country.
Thanks to the leadership and support of Sam Johnson and a bipartisan group of lawmakers who recognize the vital safety benefits that FAA contract towers provide the nation’s air transportation system, our contract tower and others were spared from closure last year. The recently enacted budget bill approved by Congress a few weeks ago will ensure that these critical air traffic facilities remain open through this fiscal year.
The FAA contract tower program, with 252 participating airports across the country, continues to be one of FAA’s most cost-effective programs for taxpayers and is a shining example of “smart” government programs during this challenging federal budget period.
Thank you Sam for your efforts to protect the Contract Tower Program in the name of aviation safety and our regional economic development efforts. The aviation community in McKinney and the North Dallas Region are very grateful for your leadership.
City of McKinney