The effects of sequestration will be drawn out over months and could irreparably cripple the national airspace system, says National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) President Paul Rinaldi. Should the mandatory government-wide budget cuts go into effect March 1, widespread furloughs at the FAA would begin in April and with the Obama administration predicting 11-22 days of unpaid leave for each FAA employee through September, the agency’s 12,700 air traffic controllers could ...

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