Reagan National Airport Community Working Group Recommendation # 15 (Approved June 27, 2019)
The Reagan National Airport Community Working Group requests:
The FAA propose one or more solutions to mitigate noise levels and frequency of noise events experienced by people living below the flight path of north flow arrivals on Runway 01. In developing such solutions, we ask that the FAA give serious consideration to the following strategies:
1. Raising the altitude at which aircraft fly over populated areas.
2. Changing flight paths to reduce concentration of flights along a single path.
3. Maximizing time over water by creating an alternate flight path following the Potomac River from a point between Indian Head, MD, and Occoquan Bay.
4. Creating one or more alternate flight paths designed to reduce the number of noise events over the same populated area, while giving airlines a more fuel and time-efficient path option, based on the direction from their point of departure.
Reasoning: The Working Group has made various suggestions over the years, and each has been summarily rejected by the FAA. We believe it will be more useful for the FAA to develop solutions it deems more appropriate to present to the Working Group.