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City Will Ask to Relax Rules at College Park Airport

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will consider approving a letter to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission expressing the City’s support proposed revisions to the Operating Rules and Regulations of the College Park Airport.

In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, in February 2002, new FAA and TSA rules took effect that were particularly onerous to the College Park airport because of its proximity to Washington, DC. Over the ensuing years, the FAA and TSA gradually relaxed some rules, but many still found them burdensome. M-NCPPC established a committee to revise the airport rules to accommodate the current operating restrictions and are intended to make the airport a more viable economic entity while maintaining good community relations.

For the last two years, members of the College Park Airport Authority have participated in this effort and made a few recommendations, which are reflected in the City’s letter.

In general, the changes made encourage an increase in recreational flight operations while maintaining safety by doing two things (a) Allow student (primary) training to originate and terminate at the airport. (b) Allow highly regulated non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) flying clubs to operate at the airport and to allow flight training in their aircraft.

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