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Update on Airspace Consultant (June 7, 2018)

posted Aug 26, 2018, 6:29 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Aug 27, 2018, 10:20 PM ]

Dear MCQSC members,


As most of you are aware, the Montgomery County Council - thanks in large part to Council President Riemer and Councilmember Berliner -  approved $125,000 in the FY 2019 budget to fund an airspace consultant to help develop solutions to the untenable level of air traffic that was concentrated over Montgomery County back in 2015.


What some of you may not have heard is that Arlington County will be chipping in an additional $125,000 for the airspace consultant.  Since flight patterns north of the airport impact communities in Maryland, Virginia and DC,  a regional solution ultimately will be required.   Accordingly, it is our hope that DC and Fairfax County will join in the effort and support the airspace consultant's work to develop a mutually agreeable solution that can be approved by the DCA Community Noise Working Group and submitted to the FAA.    


While the scope of work is still being ironed out by Montgomery County and Arlington County, it is our understanding that the consultant would evaluate the specific problem north of the airport and assist our communities in working with the FAA to develop reasonable alternatives to current flight procedures that would provide relief to communities currently under the channelized flight paths.  


Governor Hogan has asked the FAA to enter a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the state of Maryland to resolve the air traffic issues or risk legal action.  Should the MOU become reality, having an airspace consultant on board to help the communities better understand the issues and communicate more effectively with the FAA is critical. 


Thanks again to everyone who participated in the effort to secure funding for the airspace consultant.  This is a positive step in this long, sometimes aggravating process!  We will keep you posted as this issue continues to develop.