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FAA to hold open house about BWI noise, flight patterns

FAA to hold open house about BWI noise, flight patterns
An airliner goes over the Quarterfield Crossing Shopping Center in Severn as it makes its approach to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. (Matthew Cole / Capital Gazette)

The Federal Aviation Administration will hold an open house Thursday to discuss airline arrival and departure patterns near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The meeting follows complaints from county residents who say the new patterns generated by the implementation of the Federal Aviation Administration's Next Generation system has led to rising noise levels over the homes.

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NextGen, satellite technology that was developed to reduce flight times, pollution and noise from departing and arriving aircraft, launched at BWI in November 2014. It is also in use at Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Maryland Aviation Administration officials said in June that they want to revert to old air traffic patterns after hearing residents' complaints.

The open house will provide an opportunity to speak one-on-one with FAA officials, who will be on hand to provide information about issues related to specific runways as well as answer questions from residents. Feedback forms will also be available.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lindale Middle School in Linthicum. Attendees can drop in at any point during the open house.

For more information, contact D. Ellen Sample, director of MAA's Office of Real Estate and Noise Abatement, at 410-589-7925 or dsample@bwiairport.com.

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