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June 27, 2014

FAA, developers clash over limits on building heights near airports

  • As more buildings, cellphone towers, wind turbines and other tall structures go up near airports, there are fewer safe flight paths available.
  • By JOAN LOWY
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of potentially thousands buildings near airports around the country — a proposal that is drawing fire from real estate developers and members of Congress who say it will hurt property values.

    The Federal Aviation Administration proposal, supported by airports and airlines, is driven by encroaching development that limits safe flight paths for planes that might lose power in an engine during takeoff. Planes can fly with only one engine, but they have less power to climb quickly over obstacles.


     
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