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Arizona Republic: NATCA President Paul Rinaldi Details Infrastructure Issues at Phoenix Tower

Arizona Republic (AZCentral.com) story includes coverage of Wednesday’s hearing on aviation infrastructure in the Senate Aviation Subcommittee. From the story:

Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, described aging infrastructure he said was in “desperate need of attention,” from plumbing to foundational work to roofs.

At Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s air traffic control tower, he said, the elevator fails at least once a month, leading to frequent outages.

“Requiring controllers to climb up over 20 flights of stairs to report for duty in a tower cavity is just completely unacceptable,” he said. “Additionally, at this facility, the countertops in the operational area are falling apart. The staff has improvised with a solution of duct tape and pool noodles to cover sharp edges of the countertops to prevent injury and clothing being torn.”

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