The FAA has pulled its proposal to build a 122-foot-tall radar tower about one mile from Frederick Municipal Airport. The association had opposed the radar tower because it would not have provided radar services for pilots operating at the airport, and it would have negatively affected traffic pattern operations and instrument approaches to the airport. U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who represents the Frederick area, also wrote the FAA to oppose the proposed location of the tower. "Frederick Municipal is a key reliever airport for the Washington, D.C., area," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services. "It was logical for the FAA to avoid this hazard and build the radar tower elsewhere."
December 22, 2006