The DC Metroplex BWI Community Roundtable is an initiative of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA), formed at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The Roundtable shall be responsible for the following:

  • Monitoring the implementation of air traffic procedures established by FAA in the District of Columbia Metroplex Project, including but not limited to the procedures implemented under the NextGen program;
  • Identifying possible alternative routings and procedures;
  • Evaluating noise effects and other environmental effects, of possible route changes; and
  • Making recommendations to the FAA for further consideration.

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DC Metroplex BWI Community Roundtable
Feb 15, 2022
7:00 PM EST

Representatives from impacted legislative districts have been appointed by your elected officials to represent your community.
The meeting Agenda, any presentations and approved meeting minutes will be posted to this page following the meeting.

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  • What is NextGen?

    NextGen is the FAA’s action plan to modernize the national airspace system. This effort is composed of many different programs and initiatives including the use of satellite-based technology. More information on NextGen is available on the FAA’s NextGen homepage at https://www.faa.gov/nextgen/.

    In 2014 the FAA began to roll out a number of performance-based navigation procedures for aircraft arriving and departing BWI Marshall Airport. These procedures use satellite technology to provide more precise positional information to the pilot and air traffic controllers, increasing the margin of safety and efficiency of the airspace.

  • What is being done by MDOT MAA at BWI Marshall Airport to mitigate noise impacts?

    The implementation of NextGen led to a considerable increase in noise complaints at BWI Marshall. As a result, MDOT MAA supported the facilitation of a community roundtable, the DC Metroplex BWI Community Roundtable, comprised of community members and industry. The Community Roundtable has met continuously since 2017 and has worked tirelessly to effect change.

    Additionally, MDOT MAA manages the Homeowners Assistance Program which has historically included the Residential Sound Insulation Program, Resale Assurance Program, and a Voluntary Acquisition Program. The Homeowners Assistance Program is currently on hiatus as MDOT MAA prepares for the next phase of the Residential Sound Insulation Program which is anticipated to begin in 2020. The Resale Assurance Program was concluded in 2008.

    More information on these programs can be found here.

  • Are new arrival, approach, and departure procedures being submitted to the FAA for review?

    The Roundtable has completed the design, analysis, review and approval of proposed arrival and approach procedure changes for BWI Marshall Airport. These proposed arrival and approach procedures were developed with technical advisement and support from MDOT MAA, MDOT MAA’s contractor HMMH, and Industry representatives from Southwest Airlines. The Roundtable developed proposed arrival and approach procedure changes to augment the FAA’s proposed departure procedure changes as presented to the Roundtable on April 24, 2018.

    On November 19, 2019, the BWI Roundtable reviewed a noise and technical analysis of the proposed arrival and approach procedure changes and favorably voted to submit the proposed procedure changes to the FAA. The presentation is available on-line under the DC Metroplex BWI Community Roundtable Meetings and Documentation tab.

    Based on discussions with the FAA, the Roundtable developed these proposed procedure changes with the understanding that once submitted to the FAA they would be considered for evaluation and potential implementation in the next FAA PBN Working Group for BWI Marshall.

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