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FAA wants tighter LB airport traffic control

June 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Federal Aviation Administration is considering significant air traffic control changes because of concerns over a potential for midair collisions at Long Beach Airport.But some pilots say it is unnecessary and will create more problems.

The FAA would require more communication with pilots and a higher level of monitoring by air traffic controllers.

The change would also increase the area around the airport under air traffic control by at least a third.

The FAA said it's considering the changes because of airline reports that collision warning systems in the cockpits are being triggered more often during flights into and out of Long Beach Airport.

FAA officials said of the nearly 90 domestic airports that serve a million passengers, Long Beach Airport is the only one in the United States without the added air traffic controls in place.