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TIME SENSITIVE: Please Participate in the Joint Montgomery County/Arlington County Aircraft Noise Mitigation Study by September 21, 2020!

posted Sep 7, 2020, 3:26 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Sep 12, 2020, 4:12 PM ]
Please Participate in the Joint Montgomery County/Arlington County Aircraft Noise Mitigation Study by September 21, 2020!

Please fill out the Online Questionnaire by clicking HERE or going to this website: https://engage.arlingtonva.us/engagement-initiatives/aircraft-noise-mitigation-study

You can submit your responses and feedback through the Online Questionnaire Survey until September 21, 2020.


After 2.5 years of work, the joint Montgomery County & Arlington County airplane noise mitigation effort is finally underway. As most of you know, the purpose of the consulting effort is to identify, evaluate, and propose mitigations to reduce aviation noise impacts on communities north of Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). 


The next step of this joint effort is a public survey to gauge the noise experience and gather feedback from people in the impacted communities. Many of our Montgomery County Quiet Skies Coalition members have an average of more than 11,000 planes creating noise overhead each month. Thus, it is very important that our communities’ perspectives on this airplane noise be well represented in this survey.  


The Online Questionnaire, which is sponsored by Montgomery County and Arlington County, takes only five minutes to complete and will be used to help determine priorities for proposing new DCA arrival and departure procedures. Your responses to the Online Questionnaire are anonymous, and you will only be asked to provide your ZIP Code at the end of the survey.


When you fill out the Online Questionnaire, please fill it out according to how the airplane noise affected you in the months BEFORE the COVID-19 pandemic (meaning, how the airplane noise affected you BEFORE air travel levels decreased in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic). As you may know, current air travel levels have only temporarily decreased due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet are certainly expected to shoot right back up as air travel levels normalize in this country. Therefore, please fill out the Online Questionnaire based on how the airplane noise impacted you during the time prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was when air traffic levels were at their highest.


We strongly urge all members of the Montgomery County Quiet Skies Coalition to complete the Online Questionnaire about airplane noise that is currently available until September 21, 2020 by clicking HERE or on this link: https://engage.arlingtonva.us/engagement-initiatives/aircraft-noise-mitigation-study


Please spread the word and encourage your neighbors to also submit their responses to the Online Questionnaire by Monday, September 21, 2020!


Before filling out the Online Questionnaire, you may wish to consider the priorities for equitable flight procedure design identified by the North of the Airport (NoA) committee of the DCA Community Noise Working Group. Four members of the Montgomery County Quiet Skies Coalition are very active on this committee. The committee considered that there are various factors at play at different points along flight paths.  These factors are reflected in the order of their recommended priorities, which can be seen on Slides 33-34 (pages 33-34) at: https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.71.109/f5b.9f0.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/DCA-Project-Kick-Off-2020.pdf 


This joint Montgomery County & Arlington County airplane noise mitigation effort is generating a high level of participation and interest: We learned that about 2,300 people viewed the online kick-off meeting when it was streamed live on Aug 17, 2020! If you would like to watch the online meeting video replay, please click HERE or go to this website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsEYYgaYxNI


Thank you for your participation in the Online Questionnaire and for encouraging your neighbors to also participate in the Online Questionnaire by Monday, September 21, 2020!


-The MCQSC team 

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About the Aircraft Noise Mitigation Study:


Arlington County and Montgomery County have jointly funded a study to identify, evaluate and propose mitigations to reduce aviation noise impacts on communities north of Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).  The study will be conducted by ABCx2, who will provide technical resources to elected officials, staff, and the North of Airport Committee of the DCA Community Working Group.


The North of Airport Committee is made up of representatives of Montgomery County, Arlington County, Fairfax County and Washington, D.C.  Feedback from members of these communities is sought as the team develops guiding principles by which future proposals will be measured.


Please Note: Helicopter noise is not part of the scope of work for this study.  In addition, any flight procedures proposed to the FAA must meet flyability and safety design criteria and be endorsed by the DCA Community Working Group.


For more information and updates on the Aircraft Noise Mitigation Study, visit the NOWGEN-DCA Project site by clicking HERE, the Aircraft Noise Updates site by clicking HERE, or email noise2020@arlingtonva.us


Arlington County and Montgomery County, along with the study team, want to hear from you!