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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Low flying planes over Howard County

     Having BWI airport so close to Howard County is a blessing and a curse.  I love the fact that I can be at the airport in 15 to 20 minutes.  This is a luxury when you think what it is like trying to get to O'Hare airport in Chicago or LAX in Los Angeles.   The downside can be the air traffic that goes over your house at all times of the day and night.  When we have visitors to our home they often ask us if the airplane noise bothers us.  For most of us this noise is just background noise that we have learned to tune out.
     Recently the changes in flight patterns to save airlines fuel has brought planes lower than usual over our area.  Running in the morning I have noticed the low flying planes from about 6 am to 6:30 am.  Often it seems that the planes are only 1000 ft above me.  A new program called NextGen has recently been implemented that maybe the reason for these low flying planes.  As explained on their website,
   "Collaborative industry teams have created new waypoints in the sky that lead to smooth arrivals and departures from major urban centers. Instead of approaching a city by repeatedly descending and leveling off the aircraft, new satellite arrival allows the aircraft to pull back the throttle and descend at near idle burning a fraction of the fuel and significantly reducing CO2 emissions."


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