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Flights to Increase Over Elkridge During BWI Runway Revamp

The repaving of one of the airport’s runways results in higher concentration of air traffic overhead.

Hearing more airplanes than you used to in Elkridge? 

BWI officials say not to be alarmed. 

The airport has been working on its runways since June and shifted some flights over Elkridge as a result, according to Alan Peljovich, manager for the BWI's runway safety program.

By 2015, all of BWI’s runways must be up to snuff with the Federal Aviation Administration’s safety standards to remain eligible for federal funding, said Peljovich.

Currently, he said, none of the runways are in compliance.

“From mid-August to October, [BWI] will close one runway,” said Peljovich, in a recent talk with the Greater Elkridge Community Association.

“You will either be getting all of the departures on a given day over you or all of the arrivals over you on a given day,” said Peljovich.

The closure of one runway is necessary for repaving and widening in accordance with federal guidelines, he said.

BWI was awarded a $12 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation for this phase of maintenance, according to Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Anne Arundel), who reports this leg of the runway rehabilitation project will cost $40.3 million.

"Renovating the airport’s main arteries—its runways—will create safer working conditions for flight and ground crews as well as passengers,” said Ruppersberger.

In recent years, the airport has and is currently in the midst of a to accommodate its growing volume of passengers and cargo.

The runways haven’t been maintained in such an extensive way since the 1970s, according to officials.

“It has been more than two decades since a major pavement rehabilitation project has been completed on the runway intersection here at BWI Marshall,” said Paul J. Wiedefeld, executive director of BWI, in a press release. “This work will allow the airport to continue serving travelers for many years.”

Since mid-June, the airport has been replacing 1,500 lights along the runway in advance of the resurfacing project, said Peljovich.

Flights have shifted at nights (midnight to 6 a.m.) and on weekends (midnight Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday) as a result, he said.

If you'd like to file a noise complaint, call BWI's noise hotline at 410-859-7021. Officials ask that you note the date, time and location for reference.

Anonymous User November 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM
@Paul R I forgot to point out in my last reply to you that the PDF lists the times in military Lima time, which is +11 Zulu time. It's a bit odd that they would list it that way when standard aeronautical navigation calls for Zulu time, which is -5 in EST and -4 in EDT. I forgot we already moved back to EST in my last post, and I was also assuming Zulu time when I quoted the time windows. So the actual time windows when calculated from military Lima time for local time in EST move the start and finish dates a day earlier than quoted. The start time would be 10 PM EST on Monday and the finish time would be midnight on Sunday. That is assuming I'm right. If you know what else the MAA could mean by the L suffix then let me know!!
Paul R November 29, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Well, if you go to the FAA website and pull up the NOTAM for the current 10/28 closure, the times listed there (which are in Zulu time) are 5 hours ahead of the times shown on the PDF. So I was under the assumption that the L just stood for "Local" time, as in EST/EDT. Which seems to make sense given that the PDF's intended audience is (presumably) non-pilots.
Anonymous User December 01, 2012 at 06:02 AM
@ Paul R. I bet you're correct. Thanks for the reply. I really over-thought that one! Based on my history with aviation and the military, seeing the L suffix on a 24 hour time stamp never would have registered to me as local time. Even though it made absolutely no sense to me why the MAA would choose to make time stamp interpretation super complicated. I see now that they didn't... my interpretation did! Thanks again!
Janu December 03, 2012 at 06:42 PM
according to the new construction schedule... http://www.maacommunityrelations.com/_media/client/pdf/CLOSURES.pdf looks like the runway will be closed throughout December excluding Christmas They really told the big lie on this one about how long it would take, but when the Federalales come to you with 12$ million, you shut up and take it I wonder which contractor got their pockets lined for this project, because they sure aren't in any hurry to finish it. I'm moving at the end of December, Elkridge was such a nice quiet place...
Anonymous User December 07, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Haha I just looked at the PDF and see that it has changed a lot. Right now 10-28 is actually open. But it's scheduled to close again in 3 hours. The construction window includes dates from today through the 20th, currently. I guess they figure if they open the runway for a couple hours each week that people have less right to complain!

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