FAA breaks ground on new consolidated facility.
The US Federal Aviation Administration held a ground-breaking ceremony on 6 March for a new regional air traffic control facility which will serve the entire Baltimore-Washington area.
The Potomac Tracon, located at Vint Hill in Fauquier County, Virginia, will consolidate the existing terminal radar control facilities at Baltimore-Washington International, Dulles International and Reagan Washington National airports and Andrews Air Force Base. The four airports will continue to be served by their existing control towers.
The FAA stated that the consolidated facility, which will be fully operational in May 2002, will enhance the safety and efficiency of air travel in the region. FAA Administrator Jane F. Garvey told the ground-breaking ceremony that the Potomac Tracon would 'bring the latest in air traffic technology to air travellers in the region' and would enable airspace redesign, leading to a simplification of air routes.
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