The Oral Argument in Citizens Association of Georgetown, et al. vs. Federal Aviation Administration in the Federal Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit was held on Jan 11 at 9:00. CAG, joined by nearby civic associations have challenged the northbound departure route change that has brought a large increase in noise to our community and this is our chance to persuade the Court to require the FAA to cease using this new route.
Listen to the 40 minute argument HERE
According to CAG General Council Richard Hinds the Court seemed to be sympathetic to our arguments about the lack of notice to the community and all DC elected officials (except Congresswoman Norton) of the new departure flight path and the misleading correspondence between Council member Jack Evans and the airport authority in 2013. However the outcome can not be predicted by the Court’s aggressive questioning of the attorneys for both sides. Listen and decide who won!
The Court usually takes several months to craft an opinion that the panel finds acceptable. A quick decision would probably be unfavorable since we carry the burden of proving our appeal was timely or we had reasonable grounds for appealing when we did.