As the budget battle continues in Washington, airports across the country were bracing for cutbacks Friday, but it appears Rochester has been spared from the closures.
The Federal Aviation Administration released a list of more than 140 air traffic control towers slated to be shutdown due to budget cuts. The control tower at the Rochester International Airport is not on that list.
All of the airports on the list will remain open. Pilots will be left to coordinate their own takeoffs and landings over a shared radio frequency. That's something they are trained to do, but some are concerned about the potential impact on air-safety.