CREATED Mar. 22, 2013
OSHKOSH -- Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport is one of nine airport control towers shutting down in Wisconsin by April 7th.
Other towers affected in Wisconsin include smaller airports in Mosinee, Eau Claire, Kenosha, Janesville, La Crosse, Milwaukee, and Waukesha. Milwaukee's Mitchell International airport is not on the FAA's list of closures.
The FAA does say the tower at Wittman will be staffed for EAA Airventure this summer.
The Federal Aviation Administration says it will close 149 air traffic control towers at small airports around the country because of federal budget cuts.
The agency announced the decision today, a month after it released a preliminary list of facilities that could be closed.
All of the affected airports will remain open. Pilots will be left to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency with no help from ground controllers. That's something they are trained to do, but airport directors have raised concerns about the potential impact on safety.
In an accompanying statement, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says the agency will take steps to ensure safe operations at the affected airports.
NBC26's Deandra Corinthios is working on this story. She'll have more information on NBC26 Live at 5:00 and 6:00.