Berry Proposes Legislation to Help Save Jonesboro Flight Station

APRIL 29, 2005 - Posted at 4:03 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON - First District Congressman Marion Berry and Congressman Bernie Sanders of Vermont are sponsoring legislation to help keep a Federal Aviation Administration flight-service station open in Jonesboro, as well as similar stations in other sites around the country.

In February, the Bush Administration moved to close 38 facilities in 32 states that provide services for pilots around the country.  The move is part of a contract with Lockheed Martin to privatize air traffic control specialists.  The contract is scheduled to go into effect in October, and the stations would begin closing their doors next spring.

The flight service station in Jonesboro employs 35 people.  Berry wants it to remain open.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)