On August 1, 29 2017, the City of Laguna Niguel passed an important RESOLUTION to formally lodge several complaints against the FAA and their NextGEN project. Specifically, the City Council:
1. The City Council finds the noise of overflights to be unacceptable;
2. The City Council objects to the practice of flights “cutting the corner” on departures from John Wayne Airport causing the flight to go over the City, particularly the Laguna Sur area;
3. The City Council objects to the implementation of the NextGen project without a meaningful dialogue with the FAA about the impacts on the community;
4. The City Council expresses concern regarding the noise impacts that overflights have on the Laguna Niguel community; and
5. The City Council finds it is in the best interest of the community to support all actions will reduce airplane overflight impacts to its residents.
CLICK HERE to see a copy of the Resolution.
I would like to thank Rep. Dana Rohrabacher for his help with the FAA, the airplane noise over south Orange County and putting the SoCal Metroplex on the radar screen so to speak of Congress. Rep. Rohrabacher wrote to the FAA requesting that the planes fly farther out in the ocean and cross land at higher altitudes to minimize the noise and pollution. He received what amounts to a pat on the head, stock answer from the Regional Director of the FAA – pabulum – saying that any adjustment to the flight path (THAT THEY JUST INSTITUTED IN MARCH) would have to be studied and reviewed. Funny that they didn’t do that when switching from the old flight paths – which is precisely what the Newport Beach/Laguna Beach/Orange County lawsuits are all about. Rep. Rohrabacher then went one step further since he received no real response from the FAA. He added 2 amendments to HB2997 or the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Bill. They basically say that planes shall fly no lower than necessary for safety over the SoCal Metroplex and that safety should be considered first and Community concerns be second in analyzing changes to the flight path. This is extremely important because this was NOT done before they created the new flight paths in March. I would think that Newport Beach/Laguna Beach and the Board of Supervisors would be very happy to use this information in the mediation proceedings for their lawsuit. Thank you Rep. Rohrabacher.
Citizens for No Plane Noise
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Posted: Aug 29, 2017 2:42 PM PDT Updated: Aug 30, 2017 10:04 AM PDT By Anita Snow, Associated Press
Phoenix v. Huerta, No. 15-1158
It's about to get a lot quieter in some Valley neighborhoods. A U.S. Court of Appeals judge ruled on Tuesday current flight patterns out of Sky Harbor International Airport are illegal, and need to change. In the case " Phoenix v. Huerta, No. 15-1158 (D.C. Cir. 2017)” a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed that the FAA's decision in 2014 to change the routes in and out of Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix was "arbitrary and capricious." Steve Dreiseszun remembers Sept. 18, 2014, as the day his quiet historic neighborhood in central Phoenix was no longer so quiet. It's the day the FAA changed its flight paths out of Sky Harbor, seemingly overnight. It had started using a new satellite technology making takeoffs faster and safer, but it also put planes directly overhead neighborhoods. "Made it almost impossible to be outdoors and enjoy barbecues, family time, recreation," said Dreiseszun. In the past, planes taking off would follow the Salt River bed, and neighborhoods were built with jet sound mitigation in mind. After the change, noise complaints poured into the city. Dreiseszun and many of his neighbors joined together, along with the City of Phoenix, and sued the FAA. Now a federal judge has decided the FAA must fix it. ���
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CLICK HERE to watch a short video on this case.
CLICK HERE to see the Court Ruling.
In May 2017 Mayor Kerry Ferguson led the effort of the City Council of the City of San Juan Capistrano to file a COMPLAINT LETTER against the FAA regarding the changing flight paths of the NextGEN project.
We need to your help to maintain the pressure and to help fight the FAA. Keep writing letters to our political officials and let them know that we want those planes flying higher and out over the water!
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