More Noise for Maryland, less noise for Virginia

There is a proposal from the FAA before the DCA Community Noise Working Group that would decrease noise in Virginia and move it to Accokeek, Moyaone and nearby communities.  Currently when in south-flow (taking off heading south) westbound flights turn west after going south for about 5 miles.  The proposed plan would have them continue down the MD side of the river and turn over Accokeek. The attached map is from an FAA noise study done last October but just released last week, just prior to a vote.  The purple area is noise reduction and the yellow is noise increase.

The noise working group had asked for a plan that would keep aircraft over the river longer on departures coupled with a change to the north flow pattern to put them over the river further south to give us some relief from that noise.  It was envisioned as a trade.  The FAA disregarded half of the recommendation and only looked at reducing noise for Virginia. 

One thing is certain, if more of us don't get involved and get vocal the aircraft noise will continue to get worse.   Join us on June 29 at 9am at the Moyaone Community Center to learn more and to get involved.

Purple is the noise decrease, yellow is the substantial noise increase

Purple is the noise decrease, yellow is the substantial noise increase