Over the past four years, flight paths have been getting lower and more concentrated due to NextGen, a program being implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration. “There is no peace,” lamented Sunil Misra.
“Major changes in flight paths are supposed to be accompanied by public opportunity for comment, and we got none,” said a lawyer for the group of D.C. residents challenging the FAA.
“Federal law requires that petitions seeking review of FAA actions be filed within sixty days of the agency’s final order,” a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals said. “Because petitioners failed to challenge it within the 60 day statutory time limit and had no ‘reasonable grounds’ for the delay, we dismiss the petition as untimely.”
Flights that head out of Reagan National Airport toward Alexandria and Fort Washington would stay over the Potomac River longer and eventually turn over land when they are at higher altitudes under a plan that could be implemented as early as November.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is calling on Attorney General Brian Frosh to sue the Federal Aviation Administration over noise coming from planes taking off and landing at BWI-Marshall and Regan National airports.
Anne Arundel County Council members said they have received numerous calls and emails from various neighborhoods that are impacted by noise and low-flying airplanes “for almost 24 hours a day. “
Air traffic control technology and procedures known as NextGen have increased complaints about airport noise, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is demanding that the Federal Aviation Administration do something about it.
“Our constituents daily suffer the disruptive and unhealthy effects of the implementation of the flight procedure changes,” the group of Maryland leaders wrote in a letter dated Friday to the FAA.
Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner said the county should explore a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration to force changes to flight paths that are causing an “unbearable increase” in airplane noise.
Lawmakers in Howard County are considering a bill that would allow the county to potentially take legal action against the federal government over increased airplane noise coming from BWI Marshall Airport.
Montgomery County elected officials and Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen want more of a say on what happens in the skies above their constituents’ homes. The officials wrote to the Federal Aviation Administration seeking ways to address “intolerable” noise levels after recent flight pattern changes.
Recent airplane noise complaints in Boston, similar to those expressed by D.C.-area residents, have led to new test programs in Massachusetts that could help address concerns nationwide.
The Federal Aviation Administration is holding public workshops this week to get feedback from residents about proposed changes to some flights out of Reagan National Airport.
Residents who live south of Reagan National Airport say airplane noise has increased in recent years, and they spoke out about it at a meeting Monday.
New flight plans went in place last year. Since then, residents in a number of neighborhoods have complained that noise from airplanes departing Reagan National Airport is now unbearable.
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