Johnathan Krause is watching the watch tower at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and noticing that the sequester cuts do not seem to be having a calamitous effect.
This Two Cents would be completely different in tone if not for the reaction of the pilots who use Wittman Field. So far, they have told us that losing ATC will only mean that they need to keep in contact with other fliers and keep a closer watch out for other aircraft. There were no organized protests outside the terminal building. No candlelight vigils around the tower itself. No press conferences with speakers predicting planes falling out of the sky or death and carnage along the runways. You know, the kind of stuff we see all the time when any other government program or service might get less of an increase in funding than they were expecting to get in a new budget.
And if the Sequester cuts remain in effect for an extended period of time–with no effect on safety at the affected airports–it should require serious discussion and proof that it needs to resume before the money is automatically put back into those budgets.