FAA impact statement presents possible flight-path...


March 25, 2002

FAA impact statement presents possible flight-path changes

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a draft environmental impact statement on proposed changes to aircraft flight paths in the Baltimore-Washington area.

The statement includes three options to change flight paths in the area to enhance safety and increase flying efficiency with minimal aircraft noise.

Noise-abatement procedures at BWI and other airports will not change. The options deal mostly with aircraft routes more than five miles from the airport.

The opening of an air traffic facility to serve the area presents an opportunity to redesign the airspace, which has not changed significantly since 1987. The new Potomac Consolidated Terminal Radar Approach Control Center at Vint Hill, near Warrington, Va., will house terminal controllers from Baltimore-Washington International, Reagan Washington National, Richmond International and Washington Dulles International airports in one place.

A 90-day period for the public and government agencies to comment on the impact statement will end in late May. The FAA will hold public hearings next month. Dates and times will be advertised in newspapers.

After evaluating comments, the FAA plans to issue decision in the fall.

Information: Potomac Consolidated TRACON: 800-762-9531, or www.faa.gov/ats/potomac.

Cruise line chief Williams to speak at breakfast

Jack L. Williams, president and chief operating officer of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines Inc., will speak at the BWI Business Partnership breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the BWI Marriott, 1743 W. Nursery Road in Linthicum.

Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. The cost is $25 for nonmembers, free for members. Reservations are required. Information: 410-859-1000.

BWI Business Partnership Inc. is a nonprofit economic development and transportation management association made up of area employers.

Information about the group: www.bwipartner.org.

Aviation Administration featured on state Web site

The Maryland Aviation Administration is featured, along with other Maryland government agencies, on a new state Web site, www.maryland.gov. A BWI link can be found under the "Public Transportation" and "Air Travel" headers.

BWI's Web site is www.bwiair port.com.

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