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The partial federal government shutdown has some airline officials on edge in Danbury and across the state.

 

The Federal Aviation Administration called back 600 aircraft maintenance and compliance inspectors  leaving at least 2,200 out of work.  It's a situation the inspectors union calls a needless risk.  Inspectors protested Tuesday at Bradley International Airport.

 

Danbury Municipal Airport Administrator Paul Estefan says the recall does and doesn't affect them.  There are no airliners at DXR, but there are charter operators.  If one of the operators needed an inspector, one would be called in.  So he says they are waiting to see how this pans out.

 

Another issue Danbury Airport is waiting to hear about is the future of contract air traffic controllers.

 

Estefan says the FAA is claiming to only have enough money for the control towers to operate through the end of October.  He says that has Administrators at small airports across the country on edge.

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