Hearings to consider aircraft flight path changes for...

BWI Digest

April 21, 2002

Hearings to consider aircraft flight path changes for region

Public hearings will be held Thursday on 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 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. An area air traffic facility could redesign the airspace, which has not changed significantly since 1987. The hearings will take place from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at BWI Marriott Hotel, 1743 West Nursery Road.

After evaluating comments, the Federal Aviation Administration will publish a final environmental impact statement and then choose an alternative. The agency plans to issue a decision in the fall.

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

Replanting to protect trees, shrubs during construction

To protect and later restore some of the natural environment around BWI Airport, the Maryland Aviation Administration has asked the Melwood Social Services Agency to start a replanting program.

As BWI's five-year, $1.8 billion expansion program continues, the MAA is working closely with Melwood, the airport's landscaping contractor, to remove flowers, trees and shrubs and replant them at the Glenbrook community property that is maintained by BWI. As areas of construction are completed, the greenery will be returned to the airport grounds and replanted.

Melwood also maintains BWI's Chesapeake Garden in front of the terminal's parking garage. The garden includes decorative metal statues and was once featured in Southern Living. The Chesapeake Garden will be relocated and preserved when construction on the upper- and lower-level roadway begins in front of the airport terminal.

Trade show to be held Thursday in Baltimore

BWI Airport will sponsor the 13th Embassy Day Trade Show and Luncheon scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor's Constellation Ballroom.

Nearly 600 international business executives and embassy officials representing more than 75 countries are expected to attend the trade show, which is organized by the World Trade Center Institute and co-sponsored by Baltimore. Senior officials from the state and federal governments have been invited to participate with members of the mid-Atlantic business community.

Other sponsors include: the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the port of Baltimore, Northrop Grumman, Towson University, the American Community Schools of England, the Washington Diplomat and Terminal Corp.

Information: 410-576-0022.

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