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FAA to close 3 air towers in Michigan
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Federal Aviation Administration released its final list of air control tower closures Friday and it includes the W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek.
Although it doesn't have commercial flights, Kellogg is regularly ranked the third busiest in the state.
"You're talking about a significant compromise to safety when you remove these controllers and the services they provide," says Battle Creek Transportation Director Larry Bowron.
Bowron says the the biggest impact if the airport loses its tower will be on safety..
"They completely discount the value of the lives of people that enter the national airspace system through a general aviation airport like ours. You're talking about 230,000 some people, they have no regard for their lives at all," says Bowron.
The WMU College Of Aviation is based at the airport, the school says losing a tower will significantly cut into training.
The aiport's tower also coordinated military flights from the National Guard base and corporate flights.
The tower is scheduled to close next month and Bowron says he will fight it until that day comes.
"We're not through, this doesn't make sense, there's no method to their madness and I wish somebody besides myself would challenge this," says Bowron.
Seven people who work in the tower would lose their jobs.