FAA delays decision to eliminate airport weather observers

A US Airways Express flight takes off from National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on April 26. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA).
A US Airways Express flight takes off from National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on April 26. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA).

The Federal Aviation Administration offered a temporary reprieve on Wednesday for contract weather observers whose jobs the agency had proposed eliminatingThe  starting this month.

The FAA said it will defer action on its plan to shift responsibility for weather monitoring to air traffic controllers instead of the contractors.

The FAA said all the contracts would be extended through Sept. 30 “to allow for more stakeholder input on how to proceed going forward,” the FAA said.

More details on this development are available in an article by the Washington Post’s Weather Gang.

Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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