National Airport to get new radar

September 18, 1997|By CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON - Faced with mounting criticism over National Airport's aging radar system, the government said it will install a new computerized radar system by next June - 2] years ahead of schedule.

In the meantime, existing radar scopes will be refurbished as a temporary remedy, said Federal Aviation Administration chief Jane Garvey.

Garvey said she does not think passenger safety has been compromised during dozens of radar outages at National Airport in recent months, but she added, "There's always the possibility that without an immediate remedy, there might be some danger to the public."

The announcement came after a meeting between the FAA chief and Rep. Constance A. Morella, a Montgomery County Republican, who heads a House subcommittee with oversight over the agency.

Morella had been pushing the FAA to move up the schedule for replacing National Airport's 25-year-old radar system.

Pub Date: 9/18/97

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