FAA airport facility in Gainesville, employing 43 people, to be shut down


Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at 6:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at 6:01 p.m.

A Federal Aviation Administration facility at Gainesville Regional Airport employing 43 people will be shut down as part of a nationwide contract between the agency and Lockheed Martin.

FAA officials said the 2-year transition, which would consolidate the 58 Flight Service Stations in the country to 20 facilities, provided opportunities for those employees whose jobs will be eliminated under the contract.

Flight service specialists provide pilots with weather briefings, in-flight radio communication, flight planning and search-and-rescue support.

Lockheed Martin will provide an offer of employment to all flight service specialists, guarantee three years of employment for workers at the facilities that will be kept after the consolidation and meet the existing pay of current employees, said Greg Martin, FAA assistant administrator for public affairs.

Lockheed Martin's proposal is expected to save the FAA about $2.2 billion over 10 years.

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