Tipton Airport Wants Your Jets

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Central Maryland's Tipton Airport resides within the Washington, D.C. ADIZ, but the former military field nevertheless hopes to seduce coporate jet business through a proposal that would expand its 3,000-foot runway, add terminal space and improve ground transportation options. The airport hopes to serve the Fort Meade and Odenton area's expected economic expansion that could come if the airport sees favor from the base realignment and expansion process. Looking forward, supporters see Tipton as a reliever for BWI, with rail and bus service to satisfy the needs of the areas military workers and defense contractors. The program's opponents cite that Tipton's flight path rests within a mile of NSA headquarters, and that additional noise will upset residents of nearby communities. Any plans for expansion of the facility must first pass the litmus test of environmental review, meaning that projects that would expand the runway and increase terminal space are still years away.