I know most of you guys fly under my radar, but for the few of you that do use my service, sequestration is going to effect you.
While this effects my life greatly (20% pay cut and a loss of all of my annual leave for the rest of the year), sequestration WILL affect every person in this country in a negative way. There will be fewer police on the beat, you will have a harder time finding produce and meat on the shelves in the grocery store, national parks will close down, TSA lines at the airport will be longer, your kids head start and title one funding WILL dry up; the list goes on and on.
Specifically as it pertains to aviation, Secretary Ray LaHood briefed the press about how this will effect the aviation community. http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2013/02/22/press-briefing
The FAA has come out of a list of 100 control towers that will be shut down. No service period, for the length of sequester. Here at ZSE we're looking at one day a pay period for the rest of the fiscal year. What this means for you? No VFR flight following, only IFR clearances and expect long delays as we will combine sectors up and the controllers left on the boards will give priority to scheduled air service.
Airlines wont take hits, but the people that inspect the aircraft, the controllers, and check airmen are effected. Due to staffing, we wont be able to handle as many planes, so 50 miles in trail to every major hub. Wonder how many planes will sit on the ground? How many BILLIONS of dollars will the airline industry lose every day? I wonder how that is going to effect the bottom line and those airline employees on the bottom of the food chain.
My union has started a grass roots email campain. All you do is enter your zip code, a couple lines of info and it will send your members of congress an email urging them not allow sequestration to take place. If you want for a facility you can use mine "ZSE".
If you have any questions, let me know.http://afl.salsalabs.com/o/5893/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5541#http://afl.salsalabs.com/o/5893/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5541