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Sequestration Could Affect Regional Airports

The federal budget cuts known as sequestration could begin affecting air traffic at smaller airports across the state, including one in northern Arizona. Arizona Public Radio's Terry Ward reports.

Four small airports in Arizona are on the Federal Aviation Administration's list for potential control tower closings under the automatic budget cuts that took effect this month.

If they close - and nothing is certain yet - the FAA says the airports will remain open but pilots would be responsible for their own safety by talking to each other instead of the tower. The four airports targeted for possible closure are Glendale Municipal Airport, Phoenix Goodyear Airport, Laughlin/Bullhead City International and Ryan Field in Tucson. The FAA says they're among 238 small airports under consideration nationwide with low traffic volumes and control towers operated by contractors. The FAA has to cut $600 million under the automatic budget cuts that took effect March 1st.

Jack of many trades; Master of none. Terry Ward has worked in public radio for almost 30 years. During that time he has performed most of the essential jobs in a public radio newsroom including host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered, talk show host, producer of both short and long-form news and features and general assignment reporter. Most of Terry's career was with the Phoenix NPR-affiliate, KJZZ, where he started in 1985 hosting a jazz music show. In 2000, he was chosen to participate in a journalist exchange program that sent Terry to Western Europe where he reported on various aspects of German re-unification and French-German cultural exchange programs. But Arizona has been his home for almost 45 years and like many people in this state, he had always wanted to live in Flagstaff and was thrilled to move north and work for KNAU as the local host of All Things Considered.