Without Ryan Airfield tower, local business may suffer
Earlier this month, the F.A.A. sent a letter to Ryan Airfield and 188 other small airports in the country, saying their air traffic control towers were on the chopping block. Meaning, some local businesses may be affected too. Video by kgun9.comvideo
The FAA does not list Tucson International's Control Tower as a candidate for cuts, but the tower at Ryan Field, which serves private planes, may close
Reporter: Liz Kotalik
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - After safely landing in Ryan Airfield, hungry pilots go straight to Todd's.
"We get probably a good 40% of our customers from the airfield," said co-owner of Todd's Restaurant at Ryan Field, Shari Scott.
Having a restaurant so close to the airport means lots of guaranteed customers.
"They fuel there aircraft, they fuel their bodies with good food,"
And many use Todd's to take a break from their training.
James Sheldrick is a soon to be pilot from Oxford Aviation Academy, and he and other students practice in what's basically Todd's backyard.
But, Sherri isn't panicking.