Friday, May 3, 2013
This photo was taken sometime in the 1950s.
Last month, Congress passed a bill that would end sequestration-mandated furloughs for air traffic controllers, including at Martin State Airport. For this week's vintage feature, here's a photo of the air traffic control tower at Martin State Airport, with Lockheed aircrafts in front of it. The picture was taken sometime in the 1950s.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
All air traffic control facilities, including those at Middle River's Martin State Airport, will resume normal operations.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that all employee furloughs have been suspended, effective immediately. Air traffic facilities, including those at Martin State Airport in Middle River, will begin to return to regular staffing levels over the next 24 hours, according to an announcement made Saturday by the organization. The system will resume normal operations by Sunday evening.
Friday, April 26, 2013
The furloughs, which recently took effect under mandated budget cuts, would have led to the closure of Martin State Airport's air traffic control tower.
Congress passed a bill Friday to end the furloughs of federal air traffic controllers, The Huffington Post reports. The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature. Press Secretary Jay Carney indicated in the report that the president supports the measure. The bill, which passed the House on a 361-41 vote after passing the Senate Thursday, allows the Federal Aviation Administration flexibility not available under the original sequestration legislation, allowing the agency to move millions from construction accounts to its operations. The furloughs of the agency's 15,000 air traffic controllers, which took effect this week, have been blamed for numerous flight delays nationwide. The air traffic control tower at Martin State Airport …
Friday, April 5, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration will close air traffic control towers in June.
The air traffic control tower at Martin State Airport will remain open until June 15, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday. The tower in Middle River was one of 149 nationwide that the FAA selected for closure to cut $637 million required under the sequestration budget. The closures were to begin this month in a phased process; Martin State's tower was to close April 21. However, the FAA announced in an April 5 statement that it was delaying the closures due to "multiple legal challenges to the closure decisions." As a result, the Martin State tower will remain open until June 15, when all 149 towers will close at the same time. “This has been a complex process and we need to get this right,” said U.S. Transportation …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration pulled funding for air traffic control towers during the sequester.
Martin State Airport is one of five airports asking the governor for funding to keep Maryland's air traffic control towers open, the Herald-Mail reports. The Middle River airport was among 149 notified in late March that their air traffic control towers were slated for closure as the Federal Aviation Administration made more than $600 million in sequester cuts. The tower at Martin State Airport will close April 21, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. However, the five Maryland airports whose air traffic control towers are slated for closure—Martin State, Easton, Frederick, Hagerstown and Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico—have written a letter to Gov. Martin O'Malley seeking 75 percent of the funding needed for the towers to …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration is shutting down the Middle River airport's control tower for budgetary reasons.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed on Friday that it would be shuttering the air traffic control tower at Martin State Airport. The move was in response to the federal government's across-the-board spending cuts, which went into effect March 1. To meet the demands of the sequester, the FAA had to cut $637 million from its $48 billion budget by September. As a result, it determined that airports with fewer than 150,000 flights per year would be candidates for air traffic control tower closures. Martin State Airport and four others in Maryland were on the list of 149 airports the FAA released Friday where air traffic control towers will no longer be staffed after next month. The move will likely cause delays at Baltimore-…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Budget cuts due to sequestration could shutter the airport's towers next month.
By Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will confirm whether more than 100 control towers it said would close as a result of federal budget cuts under sequestration are going to shutter, according to The Daily Times. The decision was expected March 18 but the FAA reportedly said in letters to airport officials that it received so many appeals that its verdict was stalled. Martin State Airport was among five airports in Maryland whose air traffic control towers the FAA said could close if the sequestration budget went into effect. The sequester began March 1. In its letter to airport officials, the FAA said that it was interested in identifying those locations that were of "national interest" before revising its list, the Cecil…
Train passengers may face interruptions or delays on select days in March, April.
There will be some modifications to MARC service in late March and mid April as work gets underway on the Bush River Bridge, transportation officials announced. Due to maintenance on the bridge—which is located between Edgewood and Aberdeen—there may be "minor delays" north of Baltimore, according to a statement from the Maryland Transit Administration. Those boarding at Martin Airport may be required to travel by bus instead of trains 537 and 579. Officials said the following trains will be affected: The work will take place on these dates:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
With the sequestration budget taking effect, Maryland airports plead with FAA for funding.
Middle River's Martin State Airport is one of five Maryland airports seeking to retain federal funding for its control towers against the pressures of the sequestration budget, Fox 45 reports. In addition to Martin State, Frederick Municipal Airport, Easton/Newnam Field Airport, Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Airport and Hagerstown Airport are in jeopardy of losing their control towers as of April 1, according to The Baltimore Sun. With the sequester in effect, agencies across the country are preparing for belt-tightening as a result of the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the airline industry would take a $600 million hit, according to General Aviation News. Specifically, the general …
Monday, February 25, 2013
The helicopters are arriving Monday, with four more to be delivered this week.
Maryland State Police are set to accept delivery of six new helicopters at Martin State Airport this week, beginning Monday afternoon. The AW139 helicopters are among 10 AgustaWestland helicopters MSP will get to replace its aging fleet of 11. All but one of its current fleet is at least 20 years old. The rest will be delivered Tuesday and Wednesday, according to state police. Training will begin immediately, though the helicopters will not be in use for medevac flights or other missions until late spring or early summer. The new helicopters will allow state police aviation command "to continue its unique multiple mission capability of medevac, search and rescue, law enforcement, and homeland security," officials said in a news release.