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New satellite technology promises smoother, quieter descents into BWI airport
New satellite technology promises smoother, quieter descents into BWI airport

Fliers arriving in the Baltimore region this holiday season may notice smoother descents into BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, while residents in Towson and other area suburbs might hear a bit less noise overhead. Thanks to new state-of-the-art satellite technology installed at the Anne Arundel County airport this month, arriving planes from the northwest now are able to drop from cruising altitude to the runway in a "smooth, continuous arc," rather than the "traditional staircase descent" they've used in the past, the Federal Aviation Administration said this week. The technology is part of the nation's NextGen system that the FAA, which handles air traffic...

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