SCLA Tower

Airport to look for alternative funding
March 22, 2013 1:09 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Southern California Logistics Airport was named as one of 149 air traffic control facilities nationwide targeted for closure by the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday.

SCLA was placed on a list of contract tower airports to make way for $637 million in reductions. The cuts were brought on by the federal sequestration spending cuts, which went into effect March 1.

“We are effectively being unfunded by the FAA,” said Victorville Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler, who helps oversee the airport for the city.

Now that sequestration is in effect, SCLA will either have to absorb that cost, shut down the tower or modify the operating hours of the tower to a level the airport can afford. Officials hope to keep the airport open with alternative funding sources.

“We have been anticipating this, unfortunately,” Metzler said by phone Friday. “We have to make a decision quickly about how much we can afford to fund the airport, and how many hours to keep it open.”

Metzler said he’d been hopeful that SCLA would be left off the FAA’s cut list.

Barring another resolution, the FAA would terminate the airport’s contract with Serco Management Services — the airport’s contracted tower operator. According to Metzler, the value of that contract is estimated at $750,000.

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