Summer Status Update

In May, the DC Fair Skies Coalition filed a Reply Brief with the Court of Appeals criticizing the FAA over the aircraft noise created by their new northern departure flight path from Reagan National. In June, delegates on the Reagan National Community Working Group sent a memorandum to the FAA and MWAA criticizing the FAA's reliance on maximizing time over water as the goal of flight path changes. Now, the DC Fair Skies Coalition is waiting for the Court of Appeals to schedule oral arguments this fall. A decision is also pending from the same Court of Appeals in a similar case from Phoenix, Arizona that was argued in March.

This website will continue to be updated as the Coalition's case progresses in the months ahead.

Memorandum from Wards 2 and 3 Community Working Group Delegates

The Community Working Group delegates from Wards 2 and 3 sent a memorandum to the FAA and MWAA taking issue with the FAA's reliance on maximizing time over water as the goal of all flight path changes. This approach ignores the fact that the river is very narrow and curved north of Reagan Airport, so planes flying north have to fly over or close to land. Accordingly it is crucial to also consider the nature of the land which will be impacted. The FAA's failure to do so in 2015 produced the LAZIR flight path for most northbound departures from Reagan Airport that the D.C. Fair Skies Coalition is appealing in federal court. Continuing to use time over water to justify more flight path changes would make the current aircraft noise problem worse. Read the full memorandum here.

Neighborhood Associations file Reply Brief lambasting FAA over aircraft noise created by new northern departure flight path

Neighborhood Associations filed a Reply Brief with the Court of Appeals last night lambasting the FAA over the aircraft noise created by their new northern departure flight path.The brief argues that the FAA improperly instituted the flight path without the required environmental review of noise impacts and did so without any notice to the impacted communities or their elected representatives. The brief explains why an environmental review of the flight path is required and was not performed, and seeks a Court order requiring the FAA to revert to the former flight path for northern departures until the required review is performed.

Quiet Skies Caucus Pushes for Action on Airplane Noise in FY18 Spending Bill

The Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus is urging the House Appropriations Committee to require the FAA to do a study of the health impacts of aircraft noise and pollution. The members of the Caucus specify in their letter that the FAA should be directed to evaluate other methods of measuring noise than Day/Night Level 65 model such as use of actual noise sampling. See the letter here.