The air control tower at Norwood Memorial Airport will be one of the five Massachusetts airport towers closing after April 7, when the FAA will begin a four-week, phased closure of 149 air control towers throughout the country. The closures are the result of across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. Christopher R. Donovan of Boston Executive Helicopters, headquartered at Norwood Airport, predicts the tower closing will “have no effect” on his work. Pilots will still be able to turn runway lights on and off and coordinate takeoffs and landings from their cockpits.
Correction: Because of a reporting error, an earlier version of this story included incorrect information about air control tower staffing at US airports. Most US airports do not have towers; of the approximately 500 airports that have towers, most are manned most of the time.