Potomac TRACON Up and Running | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 07.20.17

Airborne 07.24.17

Airborne 07.25.17

Airborne 07.26.17

Airborne 07.20.17

Airborne 07.21.17

Airborne-Unmanned 07.25.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 07.20.17

Airborne 07.24.17

Airborne 07.25.17

Airborne 07.26.17

Airborne 07.20.17

Airborne 07.21.17

Airborne-Unmanned 07.25.17

NEW!!! 2017 AirVenture Innovation Preview -- YouTube Presentation / Vimeo Presentation

Tue, May 20, 2003

Potomac TRACON Up and Running

The FAA's new, technologically advanced air traffic control (ATC) facility is now fully operational in Warrenton (VA). Called the Potomac TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach CONtrol), the new facility consolidates five TRACONs and will enable the FAA to redesign the local airspace for improved flying efficiency in the Baltimore-Washington area.

"The Potomac TRACON exemplifies how we plan to chart a new century of safe and efficient air travel throughout the nation," FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey said. "Programs such as this are a key component in our effort to safely increase aviation system capacity by 30 percent in the next decade."

In early April, controllers from Baltimore-Washington International Airport began working at Potomac. They joined controllers from Dulles International, Reagan Washington National, Andrews Air Force Base and Richmond International airports, who moved to Potomac beginning last December. With the consolidation now complete, about 300 FAA employees at Potomac are handling an average of 5,000 flights a day in 23,000 square miles of airspace covering parts of five states – Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. FAA controllers continue to staff the control towers at the five airports.

Efficiency coming to region:

Later this year, the FAA will begin implementing a redesign of the Potomac airspace in the Baltimore-Washington area. Under the current design, which has been in place for about 20 years, the local airspace was rigidly portioned among the four airports. That resulted in fixed routes for
safety reasons as airplanes flew from one airport’s airspace to another. Removing these barriers will allow aircraft to fly more direct routings, reach higher altitudes more quickly on departure and stay at higher altitudes for a longer time on arrival. The benefits include savings to the airlines and other aircraft operators through lower fuel consumption and reduced noise to residents.

In January, the FAA issued its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the redesign of the airspace. The airspace redesign will not affect current final approach and departure routes, which are generally within five miles of the airport.

When implemented fully next year, the new routes in the redesigned airspace will save the users of the local airspace –- airlines, private pilots and the military services -– an estimated $25 million annually, due largely to less fuel's being burned. Reduced fuel consumption also means less air pollution from aircraft engines.

The cost of the Potomac TRACON –- land, building, equipment and airspace redesign -- is about $110 million.

FMI: www.faa.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 07.26.17: WomenVenture 2017!, Daher TBM910 OSH Debut, Avilution UnPanel

Also: Continental Motors Update, Trig Avionics Expands, AEA Incubator Inspires, Pelton Interview--Part 3 Aero-News staffers attended the kickoff event to WomenVenture, the Women in>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 07.25.17: Airspace Auto-Authorization, Bogus UAV Hit, CA Regs

Also: “Drone Billboard”, Eagle v Drone, Self-Driving Cars, Drone Locates Lost Man, Airborne-Unmanned-Help Wanted Greatly anticipated, it appears that this fall, some 50>[...]

Airborne 07.26.17: WomenVenture 2017!, Daher TBM910 OSH Debut, Avilution UnPanel

Also: Continental Motors Update, Trig Avionics Expands, AEA Incubator Inspires, Pelton Interview--Part 3 Aero-News staffers attended the kickoff event to WomenVenture, the Women in>[...]

AMA Drone Report 07.20.17: FAST Drones, GeoFencing, Certified Drone Photographer

Also: SureFly Helicopter Concept, 'Design a Drone', Raleigh v Drones, Aero-TV: AMA's David Mathewson The Drone Racing League recently tested the fastest racing drone, and set the G>[...]

Airborne 07.24.17: Pelton Opens OSH17!, Zenith/UnPanel, Hartzell/Raisbeck

Also: Stratos Shows At OSH17, Redbird GIFT, SunFlyer 4, ONE Aviation Update, Pelton Intvw Part 1 Avilution this morning debuted its Unpanel Integrated Avionics Display in the first>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC