News from and about Dulles International and Reagan National airports.
Air Traffic Centers
Get Weather Processors The Federal Aviation Administration said it has deployed advanced weather processing systems at all 20 air route traffic control facilities in the country, including the Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Herndon.
The weather and radar processor allows air traffic controllers to receive more accurate, timely weather information on their computers at the same time they are looking at aircraft positions.
The processor shows precipitation at three altitudes and in three colors, thereby helping controllers steer planes clear of storms and reducing the potential for weather-related accidents and delays.
"We can now see the same weather that the pilots see and, as a result, make more informed decisions about rerouting traffic to reduce delays and increase efficiency," said FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey.
United Airlines Cuts
Flights, Closes Offices To cut operating costs, United Airlines has stopped flights between Dulles and Dusseldorf, Germany, and Milan. In addition, the airline closed its remaining 32 city ticket offices across the country, including one at 1600 K St. NW in the District, where customers could change flights, have tickets reissued and receive mileage redemptions.
British Midland International, United's Star Alliance partner, stopped flights between Dulles and Manchester, England, in December but said it plans to resume operations in May.
To Airports Board Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) recently appointed Anne Crossman of Vienna and Mary A. "Mame" Reiley of Alexandria to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board of directors.
The authority is an independent agency created in 1987 to operate Reagan National and Dulles International airports under a 50-year lease. It is governed by a board whose 13 members are appointed by the president, the governors of Virginia and Maryland, and the mayor of Washington.
"During this period of diminished state resources, the oversight function of these boards and commissions has become even more important," Warner said. "I appreciate the time, energy and expertise these individuals bring to these positions."
Crossman is president and founder of software company Completed Systems Inc. and is a member of the board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.
Reiley is vice president and general manager of PGI-Washington, an events and communications agency, and has served as director of inaugural activities for Warner and as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.).
The board elected David T. Ralston Jr. of Clifton as its vice chairman. Ralston is a partner in the law firm Foley & Lardner and is a member of the Washington Airports Task Force and the Greater Washington Board of Trade. He also serves on the Virginia Debt Capacity Advisory Committee.
-- Compiled by Daniele Seiss