FAA, Phoenix Develop Plan To Address Noise Concerns

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the City of Phoenix and certain city historic neighborhood associations have jointly developed a plan to address noise concerns that resulted from air traffic control procedures that the agency implemented in September 2014 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The plan responds to an August 29, 2017 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that called for canceling those new, satellite-based procedures. The Court ruled on a petition from the City of Phoenix and historic neighborhood associations to review the September 2014 changes that the FAA made.

The FAA implemented the changes to use new air traffic control technology that would improve safety and efficiency at the airport. However, the City and neighborhood groups cited increased noise as a result of the changes.

The Court’s decision to cancel the procedures would limit the departure options for aircraft at Sky Harbor. The FAA was concerned that complying with the ruling would cause increased delays at the airport in order to maintain safety while the FAA undertook lengthy changes to air traffic procedures. To avoid this result, all sides negotiated a plan that would balance and mitigate noise concerns and airport delays. The plan has two steps:

During Step One, the FAA would create new, temporary instructions for departures to the west that would route aircraft near the airport in a manner to approximate, to the extent practicable, the pre- September 2014 routes. The FAA would engage in community outreach before completing this first step.

During Step Two, the FAA would develop new satellite-based procedures for the westbound departures and consider routes that approximate the pre-September 2014 routes near the airport. The FAA would also consider feedback on procedures throughout the Phoenix area. The FAA would engage in community outreach while developing these procedures.

Throughout the process, the City of Phoenix would support and coordinate with the FAA on all community outreach efforts.

The agreement is dependent upon the Court granting a joint petition filed by all parties with regard to the proposed plan. The FAA would also conduct safety and environmental reviews of the Step One and Step Two procedures.

5 Comments on "FAA, Phoenix Develop Plan To Address Noise Concerns"

  1. Forget the airliners, they have a purpose. Go after the infernally noisy leaf blowers. They do nothing except vaporize rodent feces and lizard feces and soil fungus and bacteria into the air and into your lungs. You or your pets have valley fever? Look to your or your neighbor’s leaf blower.

  2. The Oracle of Tucson | December 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm |

    Lol. Back in the early 60’s as creative parents we invented free entertainment for the family. So once a week we used to drag the kids down to 40th Str. and the salt river at the then east end of the Sky Harbor runway to watch the planes come in.
    Most planes were either piston driven props and occasionally we were treated to a jet coming in.
    The kids would hop and holler, jump up and down at the sight of the new fangled jet powered planes. The jets left an odd kerosene type smell as they went by as well.
    We were just happy to get a chance to see such advances in the world.
    Maybe the FAA ought to go back to bringing the planes striaght in and out. The planes can quickly accend and decend as needed without the increased noise concerns to nearby residents.
    Sometimes the simplest things in life are the simplest things, it seems pretty simple to fix this mess.

    The Oracle

  3. Elliot, Tucson | December 7, 2017 at 3:06 pm |

    Why do you think they had to add chemtrails? Families quit parking at the edge of the runway so they took their chemicals up to 25,000 to spray the kids.

    For better sound abatement buy a home nearer the harbor. The boats drown out the airplane. noise.

  4. Give all the idiots that bought homes in the Airport approach paths and landing paths Ear Plugs and Ear Muffs and tell them no more whining. They screwed up when they signed to buy their property and they have no right to stop the public domain of Sky Harbor Airport.

  5. The Oracle of Tucson | December 7, 2017 at 7:32 pm |

    I believe the homes complaining weren’t in the original flight path. They are upset due to recent FAA changes in the flight path that now adversely affect them.

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