Senator Moran co-sponsors aviation bill

November 21, 2019 - 5:23 am
Senator Moran co-sponsors aviation bill

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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) is co-sponsoring a bill that he says would help Kansas airports. Currently, FAA air traffic controllers are mandated to retire at age 56. If they work beyond that at federal contract towers, they are financially penalized.

“I’m proud to support our aviation industry by introducing legislation to remove an unnecessary barrier in the hiring pipeline for contract towers,” said Sen. Moran. “This sensible legislation would support contract towers across the nation, including the eight located in Kansas, by removing a financial disincentive which is preventing highly-skilled, experienced controllers from working at federal contract towers upon their retirement at the FAA.”

There are eight Kansas facilities that participate in the contract program tower, including Garden City, Hutchinson, Manhattan, Salina and two locations each in Olathe and Topeka.

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