Thursday, November 11, 1998

Important Public Meeting on Area Airplane Management

Meeting at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), 4301 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia, 22203-1860, Ellipse Conference Center (Room CC1), Parking for Community Meeting, Garage Entry Up to 8:00 P.M. (See Details Below)

The Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association has obtained information from the Environment and Energy Conservation Commission, c/o Department of Environmental Services, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 801, Arlington, VA 22201, concerning a Community Meeting on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) proposed Potomac Consolidated Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) Project, on Thursday, November 12, 1998.

The Federal Aviation Administration in conjunction with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, will host a community meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the NRECA building. This meeting will address the FAA's proposed Potomac Consolidated Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) Project. The Potomac TRACON Project proposes to consolidate four existing TRACONs located at BWI, Reagan Washington National, Dulles Airports and Andrews AFB into one new facility. (A TRACON provides radar air traffic control services to aircraft operating beyond 5 miles and generally withing 50 miles of an airport.)

In addition to the proposed infrastructure improvements, as a second phase effort, the Potomac TRACON Project will examine possible changes to aircraft routes and altitudes in an area of roughly 75 miles around Washington, DC. The purpose of this action is to determine if any new air traffic control procedures can be implemented that will take advantage of the TRACON facility consolidation, improved aircraft performance, and new air traffic control technologies. This second phase effort is called the Potomac Airspace Study.

The meeting will begin with a presentation by the FAA on the Potomac TRACON Project. There will then be an opportunity to informally ask questions and discuss the project with FAA representatives. For questions, please contact Joe Champlet at (800) 762-9531 or

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