The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority passed a $7 million budget for the Hailey airport on Tuesday night. The budget includes funding for two potential projects, a new air traffic control tower and a new landing procedure for airplanes that will decrease diversion to the airport during inclement weather.

     The air traffic control tower needs to be relocated by 2023 per a Federal Aviation Administration mandate as part of an airport safety improvement plan, and the airport is currently considering two options: a traditional brick and mortar tower or a remote option that uses cameras instead of direct viewing of planes for air-traffic control.

     The FY2020 budget also has funding in place for a new landing procedure for airplanes using advanced satellite technology.

     For the full story see the Friday edition of the Mountain Express.

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