Public Meeting to Be Held

On Noise Around National

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will hold a public meeting Oct. 14 on noise around Reagan National Airport. Proposals under consideration include preventing certain aircraft from using the airport, using advanced navigation technology that would allow pilots to follow more predictable and precise flight tracks over the Potomac and Anacostia rivers instead of over homes, and changing some takeoff and landing routes.

The meeting will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Room 307 at Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington.

The proposed changes can be viewed on the authority's Web site, Written comments can be submitted to the Office of Communications MA-10, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, 1 Aviation Cir., Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington D.C. 20001-6000.

BWI Demonstrates Ways

To Limit Jet-Bird Collisions

Baltimore-Washington International Airport demonstrated the methods it uses to prevent airplane collisions with birds as the host of the Bird Strike Committee USA/Canada conference Sept. 13 through 17. Pilots, aviation experts, scientists and engineers toured the airport to examine ponds, lawns and construction projects designed to be unattractive to wildlife, said BWI spokeswoman Tracy Newman. Among other measures, the airport uses a type of grass that is less appealing to birds and the insects they feed on.

New Flights

* Independence Air will begin service from Dulles International Airport to Orlando and Tampa on Nov. 3. There will be three round-trip flights daily on 132-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

* Colgan Air, a carrier for US Airways, has begun service between Dulles and Raleigh County Memorial Airport near Beckley, W.Va., and Mercer County Airport near Bluefield, W.Va. There will be two round-trip flights each weekday and one round trip Saturdays and Sundays.

-- Compiled by LILA ARZUA