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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2013
Five air traffic control towers in Maryland that are part of 149 "low activity" towers nationwide will remain open through the end of the September, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday. The towers, including those at Martin State Airport in Baltimore County and Easton/Newnam Field on the Eastern Shore had been slated to close in June under federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Legislation approved by Congress last month gave the Federal Aviation Administration authority to transfer money from other accounts to keep the towers open.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2013
Five air traffic control towers in Maryland that are part of 149 "low activity" towers nationwide will remain open through the end of the September, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday. The towers, including those at Martin State Airport in Baltimore County and Easton/Newnam Field on the Eastern Shore had been slated to close in June under federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Legislation approved by Congress last month gave the Federal Aviation Administration authority to transfer money from other accounts to keep the towers open.
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BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2013
While hundreds of thousands of federal workers brace for unpaid furloughs starting next month, Uncle Sam is still looking to hire. In one week alone this month, nearly 2,200 job listings available to the public were posted on USAJobs.gov, the federal government's recruiting site. Add in new postings open only to current or former federal workers , including those laid off, and the number of new openings jumps to more than 4,600. "One thing for sure about hiring freezes: They always begin to melt as soon as they are put into place," said Don Kettl, dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy at College Park.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2013
While hundreds of thousands of federal workers brace for unpaid furloughs starting next month, Uncle Sam is still looking to hire. In one week alone this month, nearly 2,200 job listings available to the public were posted on USAJobs.gov, the federal government's recruiting site. Add in new postings open only to current or former federal workers , including those laid off, and the number of new openings jumps to more than 4,600. "One thing for sure about hiring freezes: They always begin to melt as soon as they are put into place," said Don Kettl, dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy at College Park.
NEWS
By Joe Davidson, The Washington Post | January 3, 2013
Congressional action to avert a "fiscal cliff" of higher taxes and across-the-board federal budget cuts means that government agencies will avoid many dreaded spending reductions — at least for now. But "now" is no more than two months. The future remains uncertain for federal employees because the legislation, passed less than 24 hours into 2013, delays the budget reductions known as sequestration only until early March. "Really, do we have to go through that again?" asked an exasperated Gregory J. Junemann, president of the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers.
NEWS
By Newsday | June 30, 1993
The story was that planes were kept circling as President Bill Clinton had his hair clipped on Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport last month.The runway haircut by Beverly Hills stylist Cristophe became such a metaphor for perceived White House arrogance that the president felt compelled to apologize for the reported delays.But the reports were wrong.According to Federal Aviation Administration records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the May 18 haircut caused no significant delays of regularly scheduled passenger flights -- no circling planes, no traffic jams on the runways.
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By Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | January 13, 1992
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- "Palm 90" probably wouldn't be remembered as one of the most horrifying air disasters if a handful of heroes had not saved a few survivors from the icy Potomac River.But this was real-life drama, a story of tragedy and triumph, captured on camera in the nation's capital.In turn, "Palm 90," the air traffic control code name for Air Florida's Flight 90, is still a vivid memory 10 years later for many across the country. It crashed Jan. 13, 1982, killing 78, including four on the ground.
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By Los Angeles Times | May 28, 1995
MANILA, Philippines -- They called the project Bojinka, "the explosion."The plan was devastating in its complexity and technical brilliance. If it had not been foiled, it might have been the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.Project Bojinka was a plan to blow up 11 U.S. airliners over the Pacific in a day of rage at the United States.According to investigators, it called for five Muslim terrorists to plant virtually undetectable bombs aboard the planes, all jumbo jets, in an intricately synchronized plan that had the bombers changing planes as many as four times in a day.The U.S. government has accused Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, the Pakistani suspected of engineering the New York World Trade Center bombing, of being the mastermind behind the Bojinka plot.
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2010
For 54 hours next September, airline crews flying to and from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will have a lot less runway to work with. For a weekend, BWI plans to close its two busiest runways and rely on a shorter, little-used one as it repaves a critical intersection — the first such closing in more than two decades. Southwest Airlines, the biggest carrier at BWI, says the construction could trigger delays and schedule changes. British Airways plans to shift weekend flights to Dulles International Airport in Virginia while the paving work is done because the shorter runway is not suitable for its large Boeing 767. The project is part of a larger effort to upgrade the two longest runways at busy BWI, which set a record for monthly passenger traffic — nearly 2 million in October.
NEWS
By John Fritze and Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
Despite concerns about privacy and public safety, Maryland is seeking to open its skies to commercial drones under a federal program that could make the state a powerhouse in the burgeoning unmanned aircraft industry. Maryland is among 24 states vying to be one of six sites the Federal Aviation Administration will use to test how to integrate the remotely piloted aircraft into U.S. airspace. With thousands of jobs at stake, the competition has been fierce and expensive. While Congress has debated the use of covert military drone strikes in the Middle East, the proliferation of unarmed drones in U.S. airspace has received less attention.
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By Joe Davidson, The Washington Post | January 3, 2013
Congressional action to avert a "fiscal cliff" of higher taxes and across-the-board federal budget cuts means that government agencies will avoid many dreaded spending reductions — at least for now. But "now" is no more than two months. The future remains uncertain for federal employees because the legislation, passed less than 24 hours into 2013, delays the budget reductions known as sequestration only until early March. "Really, do we have to go through that again?" asked an exasperated Gregory J. Junemann, president of the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers.
NEWS
December 4, 2002
John L. McLucas, 82, former secretary of the Air Force and head of the Federal Aviation Administration during the 1970s, died Sunday in Alexandria, Va. He served during the Nixon and Ford administrations as Air Force secretary from 1973 to 1975 and then as FAA administrator until 1977. Most recently, he was board chairman of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.
NEWS
May 8, 2002
Howard County state legislators are sponsoring a meeting today with Federal Aviation Administration officials to discuss changes in landing patterns at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and what effect the changes might have on noise in Howard County. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Ellicott Room, George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.
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