There's a list to cross off when flying a plane.�Fuel, flaps,�oil temperature are items Tom Morris has checked off for every flight he's piloted for 43 years.
"We're ready if you guys are ready," Morris said to us sitting in the cockpit.
Morris is the Vice President of the Washington Pilots Association.
"We're listening to (the control) tower on 132.5," he said pointing to the dashboard of the Cessna.
Once Morris�cleared�our flight pattern over downtown�with the tower, we�took off.�Right away,�controllers advise Morris there is a plane in our area near the hospital.
"Okay, we'll watch for him over the hospital," he responded.
That warning may soon be a thing of the past.�Enjoying blissful images of Spokane 3,000 feet above ground, may start feel more like defensive driving down Division Street at rush hour.
The�looming massive federal cuts�could shut the tower down at Felts Field and seven other Washington airports including fields in Olympia, Tacoma, Everett, Renton, Yakima, Moses Lake, and Walla Walla. Across the United States 100 airports would be affected by the sequester.