Pulling Planes for Charity

The jet won't get off the ground, but no one will be complaining: At Dulles International Airport on Saturday, teams of 20 people will attempt to tug a 150,000-pound airplane in the 13th annual Plane Pull.

Each team that donates $1,000 to Special Olympics Virginia will get a shot at moving a plane provided by FedEx.

The event is part of the Dulles Day Family Festival, which will feature aircraft displays, a car show, music, food and games. There will also be a new event in which teams of children pull a school bus 12 feet. The event is sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department. Free admission and parking. The plane pull and the festival will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cargo Building 5. 703-359-4301 or www.planepull.com.

New Bus Service to BWI

A new Annapolis bus service is giving travelers an easier way to get to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The C-60 bus leaves from the Spa Road transfer point on the odd hour and stops at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and Cromwell Station in Glen Burnie before reaching BWI. The fare is $3, and the service runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 410-263-7964.

Changes at BWI

Motorists parking at BWI's Express Service Parking won't have to travel quite as far to get to the terminal because the lot is now at Elm Road and Aviation Boulevard. The 1,300-space lot offers motorists free luggage assistance and shuttle service from their parking space to the terminal. There are also 12 new shuttles.

The children's play area at BWI, which features large models for climbing, will be closed until early next year. It is being moved from the upper level between Concourses B and C to the BWI Observation Gallery to make room for a food court that will include California Tortilla and Subway.

The food court is part of an attempt by BAA USA Inc., the airport's concessionaire, to improve retail sales through mall-style shopping.

Minority Air Conference

Baltimore beat out seven cities to host the 2008 Airport Minority Advisory Council's annual conference. The nonprofit AMAC promotes the inclusion of minorities, women and the disadvantaged in the aviation industry. More than 800 people attended this year's conference in Los Angeles.

-- Compiled by

ARIANNE ARYANPUR