FAA invites comment from residents under flight paths
Original post made on Apr 17, 2014
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on Apr 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm
Just a reminder to anyone interested: Today, Thursday April 17th, 2014: FAA public comment meeting.
"FAA invites comment from residents under flight paths
by Dave Boyce / Almanac
A strong turnout from Portola Valley, Ladera and Woodside is expected at the workshop hosted by the Federal Aviation Administration in the San Mateo Public Library at 55 W. 3rd Ave. at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 17."
on Apr 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm
Thanks for this article.
I attended this workshop yesterday April 17th.
As the Almanac article states, Comments from the Public will be accepted to April 24, 2014.
Email the FAA at: 7-ANM-NorCalOAPM@faa.gov
This email address as well as other addresses are listed in the Almanac article.
NorCal OAPM is: Northern California Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex.
The plan changes ("optimizes") arrival and departure procedures at the four major Northern California airports: SFO, Oakland, San Jose and Sacramento. In short, as it was explained to me, with this plan there will be more use of GPS technology and less use of tower-to-pilot communication. Also, a change in landing approach from stepped-down landing to more gradual descent.
The FAA people who hosted the afternoon info event were available and interested in explaining the new plan. They stated what the FAA considers advantages to using it. They explained to me that there are no known disadvantages. There has been no test data that shows disadvantages especially in respect to increased noise levels, but then added that not alot of tests have been done. At least that is how I understood what the FAA official told me.
I met a Menlo Park park ranger who was very concerned about increased noise levels. She was well informed and aware of current studies done and has serious concerns.
I met a Union City resident who showed me photos of the oil-based soot accumulated on her home driveway and house siding. She said that it was even difficult to get it off with a power washer since it adheres to surfaces. The airplane traffic has increased to such an extent that she counted and listed planes overhead one day and was shocked at the result. (I can relate to that because out of frustration one day I did the same thing).
She has lung problems. The FAA official who works in the EPA section of FAA suggested to her that she contact the Bay Area Air Quality District.
So, we all left carrying our information sheets and feeling somewhat hopeless in admitting to ourselves that we just may have to live with these conditions or worst.
on Apr 19, 2014 at 12:30 am
Let me see if I have this right... the FAA changes the flight path aircraft actually fly, anytime they please, without inviting public comment, but invites public comment, only when they decides to change their maps to reflect the changes that are ALREADY in place?