Upset by Reagan National airplane noise? FAA now taking comments

After changing the routes for planes taking off from Reagan National Airport, in Arlington, Virginia, the Federal Aviation Administration is holding a public comment period.

The comment period closes March 30.

In an email, Libby Garvey, chair of the Arlington County Board, said that even if people in the community submitted earlier complaints, the FAA will not be officially considering them.

“Therefore, we are asking you, even if you have already registered a complaint, to please do so again with the next noise disturbance you experience,” she wrote.

Complaints can be sent to, and can be copied on any emails.

“County staff will be reviewing all published documentation with the Board and County Manager to inform next steps and a future course of action, in addition to submitting written comments in opposition to the flight procedure,” Garvey wrote. “We strongly encourage all community members who are negatively impacted by this new flight procedure to submit comments to the FAA before March 30, 2020.”

“I truly believe that public protest about these flight changes should help us in making progress to resolve this difficult and frustrating issue,” she said.

More information can be found on the FAA’s website.

The changes went into effect Jan. 1.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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