The Nashua Airport is the busiest general aviation airport in the state, with more than 60,000 flights a year. On Sunday, its air traffic control tower was scheduled to shut down, a victim of sequestration cuts in the federal budget. At the last minute, the Nashua Airport itself stepped in and announced it will fund the tower, at least temporarily. But if the federal government is shuttering air traffic control towers, putting travelers' lives at risk, then Washington really must be out of money. Maybe someone could call President Obama in San Francisco and ask him for comment.
Earlier this week, the President flew to Colorado to campaign for tougher gun control laws, then on to San Francisco for a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser. At $179,750 per hour to fly Air Force One, National Review Online's Jim Geraghty pegged the cost of this week's trip at roughly $1.4 million. That is enough money to keep Nashua's tower open for years (it costs about $1,000 a day to run).
As Deroy Murdock notes elsewhere on this page, Vice President Biden could have stayed for free in the U.S. ambassador's 60,000-square-foot residence during his recent trip to Paris. Instead, Shotgun Joe opted for a Paris hotel - at a cost of $585,000.
Late last month, as Nashua officials pleaded with Washington to keep the tower open, USAID awarded a grant of $3.8 million to assist in the creation of a new pension system - in Armenia, Geraghty also reported.
Three flight schools are based at Nashua. Without air traffic control, student and new pilots would have to navigate the skies (which are traversed by commercial flights out of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport) by themselves. Obama might want to ponder that.