The FAA is planning to issue a draft request for proposals in March for private companies to operate the agency’s 252 contract control towers for the next five years, an action some see as a sign that the FAA will continue to support the facilities despite a proposed cut to the program last year. The towers use a civilian workforce to handle operations at visual flight rules airports in the U.S. , Puerto Rico , the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Saipan. A 2012 audit by the Transportation ...

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