Planes Over the Palisades in Washington DC
Palisades Community Association efforts to abate intrusive airplane noise
"MWAA Reagan National Community Noise Working Group (CWG) was established in October 2015 to engage broad-based community participation to identify practical aircraft noise solutions and recommendations to the FAA". The PCA Aircraft Noise Committee chair represents Ward 3 on the CWG.
Yes - aircraft noise is outrageous - check out this video at intersection of Reservoir Rd. and MacArthur Blvd. --------->
The 2015 FAA NextGen project created concentrated NOISE SEWERS over the Palisades. The enviornmental danger from noise sewers are comparable to health dangers from water, air, or ground pollution. Catch up on past issues and background regarding efforts to abate noise pollution.
NEW stuff added for November 2!!
1) <NEW> EMBARRASSING! On November 1, I toured the FAA's Tracon air traffic control center in Warrenton, Virginia. The tour was arranged for community representatives on MWAA's Aircraft Noise Working group. This Tracon facility serves Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and DC. Flags from each of these jurisdictions hang in Tracon's atrium area - EXCEPT for DC's flag. It is missing and I thought this was emblematic of the fact that the DC government is totally deaf about aircraft noise destroying the quality of life of its citizens. DC bureaucrats and elected officals offer zero support/action to address aircraft noise. My colleagues and I who represent DC Wards on the MWAA working group are on our own in contrast to representatives from Maryland & Virginia that are actively supported by their County and City government officials. In some cases a government employee actually SERVES as their representative. On the other hand, DC government officials/employees are totally disinterested and unmotivated. Consequently, DC Ward work group representatives act as citizens on their own! So the absence of a DC flag, while embarrassing, is consistent with the DC government support and its status as MISSING IN ACTION. Just an observation.
2) <Thank you> to Palisades residents and others who submitted comments to the FAA on its aviation noise policy review. The comment period is now closed, and this site will continue to track its status.
3) The amendment to the FAA funding bill to add flights by extending the perimeter rule FAILED to PASS the House vote Washington Post. Hopefully the Senate will also reject adding flights. The Capital Access Alliance (CAA) is spearheading fforts to expand DCA Perimeter Rule.
4) <NEW> FAA plans to replace LDA-Z with RNAV/GPS in May 2024
5) The CAA is a sham cabal of self-serving airlines and politicians interested in operating additional long haul flight out of DCA. With the assistance of Delta and Southwest airlines, the CAA is lobbying congress to increase long-distance service beyond DCA's current perimeter. If successful, 50 or more Boeing 737 class aircraft flights per day could be added to DCA. The new flights would benefit a select few at the expense of disrupting 100,000+ residents living along the river in DMV. The CAA is relentlessly distributing text/email messages to local residents supporting the expansion of the perimeter rule at Reagan National (DCA). The CAA makes outrageous claims that more long haul flights will reduce ticket prices, noise, and pollution. (That’s right - the CAA claims larger long haul planes are “greener”) None of this is true. Please express your opposition to Senators from Texas, Utah, Georgia, and the Dakotas as well as supporting industry groups. More information about the CAA and the lame supporting study done by Boston Consulting Group's can be found at Stop the effort to extend the DCA perimeter rule and "Dissecting CAA claims supporting extension of the perimeter rule" at Issues and background.
<NEW> Current status of Coalition to Protect America's Regional Airports (CPARA) efforts oppossing CAA is posted on Stop the effort to extend the DCA perimeter rule page.
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