Here’s a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Boise Airport will keep an air-traffic control system that federal aviation officials had once aimed to relocate to Salt Lake City. The Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement Tuesday that it has abandoned plans to uproot the Terminal Radar Approach Control system, or TRACON, is a victory for Idaho’s U.S. congressional delegation, which lobbied hard to keep the system. A 2005 FAA study concluded moving the system that keeps track of air traffic between five and 65 miles outside Boise would save $24 million over the next 25 years. But Idaho air traffic controllers union members objected, saying the study inflated savings and ignored the safety needs of diverse air traffic over Idaho’s capital. Boise Airport controllers oversee commercial and general aviation, the National Interagency Fire Center’s wildfire-fighting planes, military aircraft and cargo planes.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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