The city has contacted its local legislative delegation, Md. Aviation Administration.
There are efforts underway to try to prevent several small air traffic control towers from closing, including the one at Frederick Municipal Airport.
The jurisdictions are trying to get the governor to provide75% of the funding from the state for these towers, at least until September 30th, which is the end of the federal fiscal year. "A number of other states have looked at trying to keep those control towers open in their state. It gave us the idea that perhaps maybe there was a way to do the same here," says Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development for Frederick.
Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that air traffic control towers in Frederick, Hagerstown, Easton, Salisbury-Ocean City and Martin State Airport would close before the end of April. It was a part of 149 control towers across the country that the FAA said it was closing due to budget constraints.
The tower at Frederick Municipal Airport opened in May, 2012.
Griffin says safety is an important goal at the airport, and the tower provides that. "Obviously, with 130,000 aircraft trips a year coming in and out of the airport, that's a paramount issue for us," he says.
In addition, Griffin says the tower is vital to the economic health of the city and the county because it attracts corporate jets into Frederick Municipal Airport. "A lot of corporations don't want their executive flying into facilities that aren't towered," he says.
Griffin says the process of trying to save the tower has just begun. "It's a take a long time. It's a long time proposition. But we believe we're doing the right thing and we're going to see a great return on investment over the long haul," he says.