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MCQSC In the News and Recent Media Attention on Airplane Noise Problems

posted Sep 20, 2017, 3:00 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 4:17 PM ]
MCQSC has been mentioned in the news recently:

Excerpt from the article:

"Residents from across the Washington region filed a record number of complaints about noise from flights at Reagan National and Dulles International airports in 2016 — more than four times the number recorded in the previous year, according to new data released this month.
And those tens of thousands of complaints are coming from a broader geographic area than ever before — a trend residents and some elected officials say is driven by changes the Federal Aviation Administration made to flight paths at the region’s three major airports.
In all, airport officials logged 42,683 complaints about flights at National and Dulles in 2016, compared with just under 10,000 in 2015. As in previous years, most of the complaints were about flights at National. Noise reports for National jumped more than fourfold, to 36,653 in 2016 from 8,760 in 2015. Dulles also saw a significant increase, with slightly more than 6,000 complaints in 2016 from about 1,200 in 2015.  [...]
"[S]tarting last summer, the sounds of nature began to be drowned out by jets.
“The [airplane] arrivals are like a dropping bomb, the [airplane] departures just a loud roar,” said Wright, a member of the Montgomery Quiet Skies Coalition, which formed to fight for changes to the flight paths."

Excerpt from the article:

“It’s like a snooze button that won’t go off,” she says. “I hear them all day, every day.”
Hollander is among the thousands who’ve complained about the noise issues to the Federal Aviation Administration.
She says it starts at 5:50 a.m., and continues every two to three minutes until after midnight.
She says she wears earplugs to bed, and a pillow over her head.
It doesn’t help much, she states.
“It sounds like something's coming at me,” Hollander says. “I think that's part of why it's such a disturbing quality of noise, it's a very unnatural noise.”
The FAA’s annual aircraft report lists 42,683 complaints about noisy flights from Reagan and Dulles International in 2016.
That compares with just 10,000 complaints the year before.  [...]
Upset residents call the flight paths “sacrificial noise corridors,” with the same routes being used again and again.
“They basically put the airplanes in the exact same homes and neighborhoods all day, every day,” Hollander says.  [...]
“The Montgomery County Quiet Skies Coalition,” which includes members from 7,500 homes, is working with elected officials to get the flight plans changed."

Also, The Kojo Nnamdi Show brought attention to the airplane noise problem in this interview:  Washingtonians Wage War Against Growing Airport Noise (The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5 American Univ. Radio, Sept. 18, 2017)

From the article: 

"Kojo gets an update on Washingtonians’ fight against airport noise with a local transportation reporter and a resident attempting to find a solution with the largest airport in Maryland.
Guests:  Jesse Chancellor Representative, DC Metroplex BWI Community Roundtable; Lori Aratani Reporter, Washington Post"

Click on the "Listen" button at the top of the article so you can listen to the approx. 19 minute long interview from The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

As the above news stories show, every noise complaint you file matters!  Please continue to file complaints and encourage your neighbors to also file complaints!