Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) called on the FAA to immediately cease its "move toward consolidation" since issues regarding safety and service of the Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility at the Southeast Texas Regional Airport (BPT) in Port Arthur, Texas, have not been fully addressed with the public.
In a one-on-one meeting with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) representatives today in Congressman Poes Washington, DC office, Congressman Poe once again reiterated his disappointment with the seemingly blatant disregard by the FAA regarding stakeholder input in their consolidation plans.
At todays meeting, Congressman Poe hand delivered a follow-up letter to FAA Acting Director Bobby Sturgell urging the FAA to cease all consolidations until further safety concerns have been addressed. The consolidation is opposed by local elected officials, airport personnel, pilots, air traffic controllers, and most importantly, the citizens of the community, said Poe. It is incomprehensible that the FAA in your terms would "move in the direction to consolidate" when the public is totally opposed to this decision and has had little if any opportunity to have their questions properly addressed during meetings with stakeholders.
Last year, Congressman Poe cosponsored a bipartisan amendment that prohibited the FAA from consolidating or planning to consolidate a TRACON. This amendment overwhelming passed the US House of Representatives. Let me assure you that I will again offer an amendment this year in the US House of Representatives to not allow federal funds to be used in consolidations, added Poe.