June 7, 2017

Local Elected Officials Request the Federal Aviation Administration to Address Airplane Noise

County Executive Ike Leggett joined by Senator Chris Van Hollen, Senator Ben Cardin, Representative John Delaney, Representative Jamie Raskin and County Council President Roger Berliner are working together to relieve the increased air traffic noise that is impacting more than 20,000 homes in Montgomery County.

The increased air traffic is caused by the 2015 implementation of the Washington, D.C. Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex. These procedural changes shifted flight patterns into Ronald Reagan International Airport, which caused the increased noise.

On May 5, the officials sent a letter to Federal Aviation (FAA) Administrator Michael P. Huerta requesting a thorough review of the increased aircraft traffic caused by the shifted flight paths and all documents relating to the environmental review.

Concerned residents have formed the MC Quiet Skies Coalition, which is an alliance of concerned citizens and community associations in the County who are living under newly formed flight paths. The group is committed to work with residents, elected officials, the FAA and others to resolve the excessive levels of noise, air pollution, and health and safety risks imposed on our communities by the FAA’s flight paths and procedures at Reagan. Visit website for more information on the coalition.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for addressing this important issue. In addition to the noise from commercial flights from Reagan, those living near MC Airpark are subjected to the constant noise and safety concern from general aviation flights. The Airpark is a very active training airport resulting in recreational pilots conducting their training over heavily populated areas. On a typical day, our neighborhood is subjected to loud aircraft noise including what sounds like engine stalls, diving, low altitude flying, and other maneuvers that are part of pilot training. One can often observe the same plane circling overhead every 2 to 3 minutes. Between the general aviation flights and the commercial, there is literally no time of the day where I cannot hear air traffic overhead. In addition, the hours of operation of the Airpark are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Is this really necessary? There appears to be no concern for the safety and quality of life for the thousands of residents below, in support of what can only be likened to a "driver’s education” route for pilots operating above our neighborhoods. Given the 33 crashes at the Montgomery Airpark since 1983 (7 of them fatal) it seems extremely dangerous to be conducting training exercises over a densely populated area. I hope some actions can be taken to correct this situation.


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