Airport Director Art Morris said they can prove the airport's significance to the country especially with its close ties to Fort Rucker. "This is a good facility to train at because of the navigation aids and the runways we feel that's vital to the national interest because this airport is such as good training facility. We're going to point out that a lot of the nation's training needs won't be met if you close this tower here," continued Morris.
If the appeal is denied and the tower closes, six people who work there will lose their jobs. Pilots would also have to navigate their own landings and take offs."Most pilots would be making visual approaches into Dothan and you're going to want to watch out for those. It's like being at a four-way stop and looking out for that traffic. It's not necessarily dangerous, it's just better to have an air traffic controler," explained Morris.
The tower's closure was cited as the reason a large aviation company delayed a deal that could have possibly brought 500 jobs to Dothan.