A list of airport control towers which might be shut down this week as a result of the national budget crisis includes 23 in California, and two on the South Coast.
The FAA’s list of about 100 potential control tower shutdowns includes the facilities in Camarillo, and Oxnard. If the shutdown occurred, it wouldn’t close the airports, but it could slow operations. Many smaller general aviation airports, like the one in Santa Paula, don’t have towers, and rely on pilots to follow accepted safety guidelines to insure they aren’t taking off, landing, or taxing in the path of other aircraft.
Camarillo and Oxnard Airports don’t offer commercial airline service.
Santa Barbara Airport’s tower would be unaffected under the FAA proposal to deal with its budget cuts.