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.