The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated a lawsuit combining claims by airports groups and local communities against the FAA over continuation of the contract air traffic control tower program, as the groups seek a permanent legislative fix. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and FAA last week asked the court to drop the suit, arguing it was moot given the decision to continue funding the contract tower program through fiscal 2013 after Congress provided the ...

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