Yesterday, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, as well as Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.), met with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell to discuss the ongoing community concerns surrounding the development of NextGen flight paths at both Baltimore-Washington International and Ronald Reagan National Airports. Steny Hoyer did NOT participate, he continues to ignore his constituents.Read More
The House passed an amendment telling the FAA to prioritize efforts to combat airplane noise. The measure was sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who co-chairs the Quiet Skies Caucus, a group of lawmakers who represent districts dealing with issues related to aircraft noise. Congressman Steny Hoyer is not a sponsor or a member of the caucus. He’s not helping us.Read More
Annual organizing meeting Saturday, June 29th at 9:00amRead More
A proposed change to south-flow departures would mean more noise for Maryland and less for Virginia.Read More
Noise Screening Analysis Report for the Proposed South Flow DeparturesRead More
A proposed change to DCA South Flow departure procedures would lead to more aircraft noise in Accokeek and Fort Washington. Because “nobody lives there.”Read More
When DCA operates in North Flow, aircraft are queued to make the final approach over the river from Piscataway Creek to Runway 1/19. Aircraft approaching from the south can simply get in line further south of Accokeek; aircraft approaching from the east or west meet a parallel path to the approach heading south before making a 180 degree turn onto the approach. This path and turn is known as a "Trombone Maneuver".Read More
DCA airport has two operating patterns: "North Flow" and "South Flow". In North Flow, planes arrive from the south and depart to the north. In this pattern, they often pass over Accokeek and Fort Washington. In South Flow, planes arrive from the north and depart to the south. There are multiple factors that go into the FAA's decision to use North Flow or South Flow on a given day, all ostensibly weather related, but the FAA has a strong preference for North Flow.Read More
We've been invited to attend a presentation at MWAA offices on Dec 15th, followed by attendance at the MWAA/FAA working group. Our goal is to get the recommendation of a "river route" for North Flow traffic to the FAA for consideration.
On Monday 9/26/16 the coordinating committee met in a closed meeting for the purposes of establishing goals and electing a chair.
In attendance were John Mitchell, Reuben Firmin, Paul Jett, Phil VanWiltenberg, and Kent L. Hibben.
The meeting began with a recounting of facts as known, since not all were in attendance at the prior meeting. We then moved on to discuss ideas about ways the group could focus effort, and proceeded to formalize the following goals:
1) Seek an equitable distribution of aircraft passing over the region. This encompasses a range of activity, including research & collection of data, engagement with political representatives, and community outreach.
2) Learn from other communities and their experiences to guide our approach. The introduction of NextGen has been protested by communities near seemingly most airports that have implemented it. Palo Alto, Phoenix, Baltimore, Brooklyn, San Diego, Boston, Chicago and others each have active community led groups, sometimes involving city governance and/or including litigation among their methods, who are protesting to the FAA about the rollout.
3) Formalize our coalition. This was our first meeting as a committee; we seek to partner with other regional groups who are also focusing on Reagan aircraft noise.
Finally, we elected Kent L. Hibben as chair of the committee. An open followup meeting will take place within the next several weeks.
A meeting involving representatives from GACA (Greater Accokeek Association), the Moyaone Association, MWAA (Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority), and concerned neighbors took place at the Wagner Center on 09/14/2016. The outcome of the meeting was to nominate a steering committee who will coordinate action. More detailed minutes will be published soon.