Here's a status update regarding the Historic Neighborhood's legal case brought against the FAA and a legislative update. You'll find additional info below too...
Legal Action Against FAA:
Petition for Review: The US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit has issued an order extending the Briefing Schedule for the court case by an additional week at the request of the FAA. Petitioners (City and the Historic Neighborhoods) Briefs were filed on May 13. The newly revised schedule is below:
Congress was unable to come to agreement on long term FAA Reauthorization legislation. The U.S. Senate passed a bill containing language expected to address the impact of new flight paths on residents in PHX. The House did not follow suit.
Congress did pass a reauthorization package before the July 15 deadline to extend the FAA’s authority and budget through fiscal year end 2017. No language pertaining to NextGen noise issues or flight path changes was included. It is expected that this longer extension will allow ample time to hammer out details on various unresolved issues including flight path noise. We will update on any developments as they become available.
Temporary Runway 8/26 Closure:
(Via PHX Sky Harbor) The north runway, Runway 8/26, at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will be temporarily closed from October 1 – 31. The purpose of the temporary runway closure is to allow for runway pavement repairs as well as signage and lighting improvements. All flight activities will be performed on the southern runways, Runway 7R/25L and Runway 7L/25R, during this time. Please contact Aviation Department staff at 602-683-2669 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the planned runway closure later this year.
Flight Path Compliance:
(PHX Sky Harbor recently reported the following): Staff has been collecting data and reviewing flight tracks for compliance with published RNAV routes. While the FAA asserts that commercial air traffic complies with RNAV routes 95 percent of the time, analysis shows that in Phoenix, the routes are only flown 50 percent of the time, and more than half of the air traffic appears to be vectoring off the published route and crossing over more noise sensitive areas.
Last month staff presented the route non-compliance issues at the national airport executives conference and the Aviation Services Director will be traveling to Washington, D.C. in the coming weeks to present this information to additional national audiences and legislators.
The “Metroplex” is the coordination (and flight path redesign) of the Regional Airspace which includes all airports in the Valley and those in Tucson. The FAA suspended their Environmental Assessment of the flight paths after the legal action was filed. The City has requested clarification of what to expect in the process on multiple occasions. The FAA has yet to respond. Another letter was sent on behalf of all the regional airport directors on June 15 requesting a full Environmental Impact Study with a deadline for response requested by August 15, 2016.
Keep up to date:
- FAA Flight Path Changes: skyharbor.com/FlightPaths
- Follow “Let’s Make Some Noise” on Facebook
McCAIN & FLAKE APPLAUD SENATE COMMITTEE’S PASSAGE OF FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL ADDRESSING FLIGHT PATH CHANGES AT PHOENIX SKY HARBOR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Rachael Dean or Julie Tarallo
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (202) 224-7130
McCAIN & FLAKE APPLAUD SENATE COMMITTEE’S PASSAGE OF FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL ADDRESSING FLIGHT PATH CHANGES AT PHOENIX SKY HARBOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) today applauded the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for passing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill, which includes their language that addresses concerns raised by residents of Phoenix about recent flight path changes at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee also included the senators’ language in its bill, which passed the Committee in February.
“We thank the Senate Commerce Committee, under the leadership of Chairman John Thune, for passing our measure that would give citizens impacted by flight path changes around Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and communities and airports around the U.S. the opportunity to make their voices heard about these consequential changes. Our language would create a process for the FAA to determine steps to mitigate the negative effects of these flight path changes in Phoenix, and ensure that other airports and communities have the opportunity to fully engage with the FAA before any future changes are made. We look forward to seeing our measure advance through both Chambers of Congress so that we can finally address the concerns of communities across the country.”
For a full summary of Senator McCain and Flake’s efforts to address the concerns of Phoenix residents impacted by the FAA’s flight path changes, click here.
NEW! Via Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
"Submit Noise Concerns Through Mobile App"
A smartphone app is now available to submit noise concerns.
More information is online HERE
Letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta
Lettter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, urging the FAA to comply with its obligation to mitigate the impact of flight path changes on residents of the Phoenix region. Signed by Reps. Ruben Gallego, David Schweikert, Kyrsten Sinema, and Ann Kirkpatrick.
Read full letter here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, January 29, 2016
SENATORS JOHN McCAIN & JEFF FLAKE URGE SENATE & HOUSE COMMITTEES TO ADDRESS PHOENIX FLIGHT PATH CHANGES IN FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) this week sent a letter to Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, requesting that they include language in the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill that would address concerns raised by residents of Phoenix, Arizona about recent flight path changes at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
“As your committees continue drafting legislation in the coming weeks to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before the current authorization expires on March 31, 2016, we request that you include language in that bill to address serious concerns in Arizona caused by flight path changes around Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,” write Senators McCain and Flake. “These changes were made without formal notification to the airport and without adequate opportunity for community engagement in the process. As a result, the new flight paths have had major, negative impacts on residents around the airport and the greater Phoenix area. While we continue to support the aims of NextGen to improve passenger safety and travel efficiency, it is imperative that the implementation process include the airports and communities ultimately affected by these flight path changes.”
The Senate recently unanimously agreed to this proposal filed by Senators McCain and Flake as an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill. Specifically, the amendment would ensure that communities and airports have the opportunity to fully engage with the FAA before future flight path changes are made. In addition, for communities that have been negatively impacted by recent flight path changes that have already been implemented, the amendment would create a process to review those changes and require the FAA to consult with airports to determine steps to mitigate the negative effects.
The recently enacted omnibus spending bill also includes a provision directing the FAA to take steps to address community concerns stemming from NextGen flight path changes like those at Phoenix Sky Harbor. Senator McCain sent a letter to FAA Administrator Huerta to underscore that the language is intended “to improve outreach to the community and airport, providing an opportunity for notification and consultation with the operator of an affected airport and the community before making future flight path decisions.”
Read the Senators’ letter here.
1. The DC Circuit Court’s Order addressing the FAA's motion to dismiss our Petition is good news. The Order is short, sweet, and light on detail: "the motions to dismiss [shall] be referred to the merits panel to which these petitions for review are assigned. The parties are directed to address in their briefs the issues presented in the motion to dismiss rather than incorporate those arguments by reference." The bottom line is that the Court's motions panel decided not to grant the FAA's motion to dismiss (though it didn't outright deny the motion, either).
2. The merits panel to which we have been assigned (Tatel, Griffith, Millett) looks promising, all with reputations for open-minded fairness.
3. The DC Circuit asked us if we are open to participating in the Circuit's mediation program. Cases like ours are normally not good candidates for mediation. However, for political and strategic reasons mediation seems like the right path. We are coordinating with the City’s attorney, John Putnam, on how best to manage a mediation. We expect him to handle most of that effort, although we will be at the table.
4. The Court subsequently issued a scheduling order with a very specific and rapid turnaround briefing schedule. If all the parties agree to mediation, the Court will probably postpone the briefs until the mediation is finished and determined to be inconclusive by the mediation panel. In that event, since our two petitions have been joined together by the Court, the City will assume much of the heavy lifting in support of our joint petition, so we can hold down legal costs.
From our Prez, Bob Croft-
Re: Our engagement with the FAA (we’ve surmounted the first hurdle) and the legal bills we and our sister neighborhoods have run up. The next deadline in the struggle will be filing of the Petitioners' Brief - January 19, 2016.
It seems to me that we need to have the bill we’ve already run up paid off by at least that date.
Yesterday, I sent over to Terry the $10,000.00 that Story appropriated, another $5000.00 from residents up in Encanto Manor, and a bit over $3000.00 from other sources. Our sister neighborhoods have contributed substantially as well.
But we’ve well over $60,000.00 yet to raise. While I expect Roosevelt, Willo and Encanto Palmcroft neighborhoods, their residents, and others, to contribute substantially, we ought recognize that Story is closest to the new Grand Avenue departure path, and thus by far the most impacted. We must do our share, and then some.
Story has volunteered to act as a clearing house for contributions, through my office:
Story Preservation Assn.
c/o Bob Croft
522 W. Roosevelt
Phoenix AZ 85003
Checks ought be made out to Story Preservation Association, a 501c3 non-profit.
We passed out at last week’s meeting a very good cover letter, and copies of neighbor testimony submitted to the Court. Feel free to share them with anyone you think may want to might to contribute to the cause. Donations to a non-profit might be especially appealing right at the end of the tax year.
If you'd like to donate online, here's the URL:http://tinyurl.com/phxfairskies
Information Regarding Air Traffic Noise and FAA Response
BREAKING: PHX Joins "NoFlyDay" National Protest.
Slated for Saturday, Oct 24, 2015, "NoFlyDay" is a national campaign to bring peace and quiet back to communities that have been destroyed by the FAA’s NextGen program.
This protest is directed to the FAA on behalf of ALL the affected residents in the Valley and throughout the country.
JOIN. SHARE. Details below.
When: Saturday, Oct 24, 2015
10:00am - 12:00pm
Where: U.S. FEDERAL BUILDING, 230 N. 1ST AVE., PHOENIX, AZ 85003
What / Why:
What is NoFlyDay?
• NoFlyDay is a national campaign to bring peace and quiet back to communities that have been destroyed by the FAA’s NextGen program.
What are you protesting?
• We are protesting three things:
• The new excessive jet noise created by new NextGen flight paths,
• The FAA’s incompetence in designing these paths,
• And their deceptive practices to actively try to hide the noise impact.
What is NextGen?
• NextGen is the Exxon Valdez of noise pollution. Instead of modernizing air traffic control, NextGen has created a noise pollution mess of epic proportions.
• NextGen routes are far different than the flight paths of the past. They use GPS technology to fly as close together as possible—cramming flights that used to distribute noise across a broad area into a superhighway.
• Instead of occasionally hearing planes throughout the day, people living under NextGen flight routes are subjected to constant jet noise, causing sleepless nights, increased stress and other health.
What are the goals of NoFlyDay?
• NoFlyDay’s goal is to protect all Americans from excessive jet noise.
We are demanding the FAA:
• Immediately address noise issues in communities destroyed by NextGen,
• Adopt a stricter noise standard,
• Conduct full environmental impact statements based on real data,
• And, adopt a transparent community engagement process
Who is participating in NoFlyDay?
• Thousands of people from major cities all over the country. These include San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Minneapolis, Seattle and Phoenix.
This seems NIMBY. Are you advocating shifting NextGen noise to other communities?
• No. The FAA’s actions are unacceptable not just in our backyards but everywhere.
• Our goals include adopting stricter noise metrics and standards that reflect people’s true experience on the ground.
• We also are demanding a transparent community engagement process that is based on real environmental impact data. Communities deserve to fully understand how the FAA’s plans will impact their lives.
The FAA says NextGen is reducing the net noise footprint. Is this true?
• The “net noise reduction” claim is designed to whitewash NextGen’s true noise impact.
• What the FAA is really doing is creating communities with intolerable noise levels while creating space for more planes, more noise, and more pollution.
Event on Facebook... https://www.facebook.com/events/1646483975623141/
National website... http://NoFlyDay.org/
FAA Flight Path Update - August 2015
Historic Neighborhoods File Legal Action Against FAA
(August 3, 2015) Concerned leaders of several historic Phoenix neighborhoods
announced the filing of a Petition for Review against the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) and its Administrator Michael Huerta in the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit, on
July 31, 2015..
The legal action was filed on behalf of residents adversely affected by the Grand
Avenue flight path implemented by the FAA on September 18, 2014, without public
notice and without an environmental study.
Petitioners include the Story Preservation Association, Willo Neighborhood Association,
Encanto-Palmcroft Historic Preservation Association, and Roosevelt Action Association,
together with residents of Woodland Historic District.
“The FAA made significant changes to flight paths without regard to the neighborhoods
impacted,” said Steve Dreiseszun of the FQ Story Historic District. “We have filed legal
action because the FAA continues to disregard public concerns.”
The FAA’s flight path changes of September 18, 2014 have resulted in a substantial
increase in aircraft noise complaints at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The
City of Phoenix also filed a Petition for Review against the FAA on June 1, 2015.
The Petition for Review may be found at http://bit.ly/1IFVY73
Video of the press briefing is available here: http://bit.ly/1LjNRgd
REMINDER: Are You Making Your Noise Complaints?
As the neighborhoods move through the advocacy and legal process, we all must do
one essential thing... PLEASE, continue making your noise complaints! Do not stop. Do
not slow down. Encourage your neighbors to continue. Never made one? Start NOW!
The only way we can demonstrate continued impacts on the neighborhoods is to
*** Sky Harbor's Noise Officer: 602-683-2669 or Call toll-free (844) 244-7430 ***
You can also track flights and report online... https://skyharbor.com/flightpaths/
Please note the following update as part of the City’s “6 Point Strategic Plan” to fight the FAA flight path issue.
Community Engagement and Empowerment:
FAA Flight Path Community Workshops Scheduled
Via Phoenix Sky Harbor: “Given the popularity of the recent ‘coffee chats’ and
the technical questions that have resulted, our next series of meetings will be in
more of a workshop ‘open house’ style. This will provide an opportunity for
residents to ask any questions pertaining to the FAA’s flight paths, and give
community members access to technical airspace planning experts.”
August 27, 2015
Harmon Library (5:30 PM – 7:00 PM)
1325 S 5th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
September 9, 2015
Valley Garden Center (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
1809 N. 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007
(More dates to come)
For more info on the flight path issue or to sign up for updates: https://skyharbor.com/
UPDATE from Ruben Gallego. This is a first good step on a long road.
"Today, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema Rep. David Schweikert and i introduced and passed an amendment to stop the FAA from moving forward with their plans to redesign regional airspace while the noise and flight path issues in Phoenix remain unresolved.
Aircraft noise and its impact on local communities matter! #AZ07"
Watch my speech introducing the amendment here: https://youtu.be/AUwgjOX2d1Y
Friends of District 7:
This afternoon the City of Phoenix filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over the flight path changes that began September 18, 2014 arguing that the agency has created a negative impact on the Phoenix community without proper due process, notification and consideration. The FAA has lied to stakeholders, broken the law and ignored reasonable solutions to fix this situation. It is time for the city to take the necessary next steps.
For the past eight months, the City of Phoenix has pleaded with the FAA to reduce the residential noise impact of changed flight paths and we have proposed multiple alternative solutions that would dramatically reduce the number of residents affected while retaining 80% of the desired fuel and efficiency benefits of this controversial new routing. None of these options were entertained by the FAA. The FAA’s actions have caused the community extreme discomfort with many unable to sleep at night or pursue normal daily activities. The Phoenix residents have suffered enough and have been patient longer than anyone in this situation should bear. It is time for legal action.
In addition to this lawsuit, I will actively pursue collaboration with other cities who have been affected in similar ways due to the FAA’s RNAV flight changes as well as work with our federal delegation to affect legislation that would reverse this type of action and prevent future actions by the FAA that have such unacceptable outcomes to our communities.
To review the city’s release on the lawsuit filing, please visit, skyhabor.com/flightpaths.
Councilmember, District 7
Story Residents, Friends and Visitors:
FQ Story has set up this page to assist in providing information regarding the change in
flight paths created by the FAA from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as part of the
“NextGen” national airspace modernization initiative.
The flight path that most affects the Central Core neighborhoods, including Story, is roughly
over Grand Ave. The goal is mitigate the noise these neighborhoods are experiencing as an
“unintended consequence” of this change.
This is not intended to be an “end all” resource but is offered to allow you to quickly review
information regarding this issue. FAQs regarding the FAA issue.
As of this posting, much has happened, from the date the change was made last
September, until now. A number of Community Meetings have been held for Public Input,
which did not happen prior to the flight path changes. Many of those can be viewed as
As events warrant, this page will be updated in chronological order, with the most recent at
However, postings come in varying order, so a posting that references a previous time period will not be at the top of the list. A NEW! graphic indicates that the posting is relatively new. Check the list often to make sure you are seeing everythng that has been posted.
In the meantime, the BEST thing you can do is to make noise complaints! Keep up your
effort and, MORE importantly, encourage your affected neighbors to do the same.
Complaint Line: Contact Sky Harbor's Noise Officer at 602-683-2669 with your concerns
about the recent change in flight patterns in Phoenix. You may also contact the FAA directly
at 202-267-3521 or email 9-AWA-NoiseOmbudsman@faa.gov.
What’s Next? The City is fully engaged to find solutions for this noise issue. They are
working with the FAA on a number of possibilities. Additionally, the FAA was expected to
conduct their own community meetings but details are not known at this time. We will
provide details when available in all social media and in StoryTime when received.
FAA Getting Scathing Letter from Phoenix Officials
"Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has sent a strongly worded letter to the FAA, admonishing the agency for falsely characterizing its intent to work with the city and correct the noise problems associated with last year's flight-path changes at Sky Harbor Airport.
"I regret to say that the FAA has lost the confidence of the Phoenix community, and the city cannot participate in a process that cannot deliver meaningful analysis," Zuercher wrote.
His letter came in response to FAA Regional Administrator Glen Martin's April 14 letter to the city, which many criticized for its insulting tone and distortion of facts. In the letter, Martin accused the city of not being an active participant in its Performance Based Navigation Group tasked with adjusting the flight paths out of Sky Harbor Airport, and comprised of FAA officials/technicians and representatives from the city and airlines. The group has met three times, most recently April 13."
From a Phoenix New Times blog post... http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2015/04/phoenix_sends_scathing_letter_to_faa.php
From the Sky Harbor site... https://skyharbor.com/flightpaths/WhatsBeingDone.html
NEW - On April 24, 2015 the Phoenix City Manager sent a response to the FAA Regional Administrator... https://skyharbor.com/pdf/CityManagerFAAMartinResponse20152404.pdf
NEW - Also on April 24, 2015 the City of Phoenix Aviation Department followed up with additional details... https://skyharbor.com/pdf/PhoenixDetailedResponseToFAA20150424.pdf
April 10, 2015-submitted by Ginger Mattox
What do NextGen and SESAR have in common?
SESAR – Single European Sky Air Traffic Management (ATM) Research is the European sister system to the United States Next Generation Air Transportation System - NEXTGEN.
The European continent has the highest density of airports in the world and is among the busiest airspace on the globe. Up to the 21st century, unlike the United States, Europe did not have a single airspace management system. Air traffic control was very complex and running out of capacity.
In November 2000 EU Single European Sky (SES) legislation was enacted to consolidate air traffic into a pan-European air traffic control system. Over time a large consortium of stakeholders executed the SESAR master plan. In June of 2010 Europe and America agreed to work in partnership on the interoperability of SESAR and NextGen.
This video produced by SESAR does a very good job of explaining why there is a world-wide need for modernizing the global air traffic communication system.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
6pm - 8pm
Cesar Chavez High School – Cafeteria
3921 W. Baseline Road
Saturday, March 28, 2015
10am - 12pm
Burton Barr Central Library, Pulliam Auditorium,
1221 N. Central Avenue
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
6pm - 8pm
Hope VI Emmett McLoughlin Community Center
1150 S. 7th Avenue
Monday, March 23, 2015
6pm - 8pm
Phoenix City Council Chambers
200 W. Jefferson Street
Community meeting sharing the results of the January Community Meetings (Public Input) and the Temporary Noise Monitoring
The first of 4 Community Outreach - Follow Up Meetings was held tonight to share the results of the January Community Meetings (Public Input) and the Temporary Noise Monitoring conducted in February. The data collected fills over 400 pages and will be posted on the Sky Harbor website.
Brief headlines from this meeting:
• The Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Working Group will meet on April 2nd to review "draft alternatives" to the flight paths changed on Sept 18, 2014.
• Per the FAA, this PBN Working Group is concentrating only on 2 flight paths at this time -- those affecting the Grand Ave area as well as the Laveen area. It is unclear exactly what alternatives are being considered? The Aviation Dept will review and consult with the City Council for action once it is clear "no additional work can be done" at the Working Group level.
Other affected areas will be studied during the "Metroplex" implementation of NextGen via an Environmental Impact Study. Complaint data and public comments will be reviewed as part the study.
Future Community Outreach Meetings: Sky Harbor will share information from temporary noise monitoring and answer questions. The same information will be presented at each meeting.
March 3: Statement from Congressman Gallego and a note from Monica Sandschafer (Read below) with his office
I am the Outreach Director with Congressman Ruben Gallego’s district office, located here in Phoenix, on ASU’s downtown campus.
Congressman Gallego got his start working at the City of Phoenix and is very committed to supporting the work of citizen-led neighborhood associations like yours. Would it be possible for you to add my email address to your mailing list so that we can stay in touch with the activities and events you are hosting? Also, would it be possible for me or a representative from the office to attend your upcoming meetings?
I wanted to let you know that Congressman Gallego has been working very aggressively to ensure a neighborhood-friendly resolution to the FAA flight pattern changes that have so negatively impacted neighborhoods like yours. I’d love to share more with you and your neighbors about the Congressman’s efforts, as well as hear from you all more about this important issue. In the meantime, please take a look at the attachedinformation< which details the Congressman’s work-to-date on this.
Our office also assists constituents with addressing other federal-level issues such as those related to Medicare, veterans, social security and student loans. I’ve attached a flyer that gives more information about our constituent services and includes our phone number and address. Please feel free to share it far and wide.
And, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email (Monica.Sandschafer@mail.house.gov) or on my cell at 202-805-1072 at any time.
Feb 26: Legal protest filed with FAA by the City of Phoenix
Letter from Michael Nowakowski
Friends of District 7,
The City of Phoenix has officially filed a legal protest with the Federal Aviation Administration. Please click on link below to read the protest outlining the City's position regarding this important issue.
If you have questions, please contact my office at 602-262-7492 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 24, 2015: Phoenix Aviation Dept. update at the City Council Policy Session on the FAA flight path issue. Scrub to 22:57 to view.
Feb 20 – Letter from Senator Jeff Flake to Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator.
Feb 12, 2015: Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Working Group - First Meeting. City of Phoenix is represented by Asst Phoenix Aviation Director Chad Makovsky and Former Congressman Ed Pastor. This was the first meeting of a number expected. The task of this group is to review the impacts of the new flight paths related by the community and study potential adjustments to mitigate.
Feb, 2015: Temporary Noise Monitoring: Based on input collected in community meetings, the Phoenix Aviation Department has placed 37 noise monitors in the community. The green dots on this map depict short term monitoring, approximately two hours with aircraft traffic flow, and the pink dots represent four locations where five continuous days of monitoring will occur.
Jan, 2015: Community Outreach Meetings: The Phoenix Aviation Department hosted three meetings in late January to collect information and feedback from the community. The feedback collected in the meetings will be forwarded to the FAA. A summary of the comments received during the meetings is now available for download.
- The presentation shown at all three meetings is now available. Download/View Presentation
Jan 23, 2015: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta sent a response to the PHX City Manager. Phoenix City Management, the Mayor and City Council are reviewing the FAA letter to determine appropriate next steps and will continue advocating on behalf of the Phoenix community.
Jan 7, 2015: The Downtown, Aviation and Redevelopment Subcommittee (DAR) heard the FAA issue as a regular monthly agenda item. This will continue until the issue is resolved. The Subcommittee meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., in the Assembly Rooms on the 1st floor.
Dec 23, 2014: Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher, formally requested that the FAA immediately cease the use of the new flight path and utilize departure and arrival flight paths that were in effect prior to Sept. 18, 2014
Dec, 2014: Congressional Action: As part of the APPROPRIATIONS ACT 2015 Congress directed the FAA to work expeditiously to identify appropriate mitigation measures as a result of new departure routes out of PHX. This language is contained in a rider that was placed in the 2015 Appropriations Act (see full explanation)
Reminder: The City of Phoenix hosts a web page for updates about the FAA flight path changes.
Visit our easier-to-find link at: https://skyharbor.com/flightpaths and read communications between the FAA and city of Phoenix, learn how to submit your feedback and find links to public meeting videos and much more.
—submitted by Steve D.
Noise Complaints Stats:
Sept 18, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014… 2,675 complaints from 697 households since the new flight paths went into effect for this period.
Phoenix Sky Harbor Noise Complaint Data can be found here: https://skyharbor.com/community/noiseReports.html
Dec 18, 2014: The City Council held a Special Policy Session on the issue. They voted unanimously on a number of motions:
- Revert to pre Sept 18 flight paths.
- Conduct a noise study of affected areas.
- Direct Aviation to advise the City Council of any changes going forward.
Request all documents from all parties to review what happened
Dec 12, 2014: The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) requests “that the FAA reopen for consideration the question of the new flight path’s effect on historic properties.” Reconsideration request here... http://bit.ly/1BHtFmy
- This was in response to SHPO’s original “concurrence” (August, 2013) with the FAA request and its conclusion that there would be “no adverse effects” on historic properties. Original letter/documentation here... http://bit.ly/1AosR4h
Nov 14, 2014: The FAA responded to residents concerns via letter within 30 days, as promised. They agree to study solutions presented at the Community Meeting, eliminate early turns (unless there are safety issues) and work to ensure aircraft fly the route as intended.
Nov 11, 2014: Story Steering Committee appropriated $1000.00 to cover expenses of Ginger Mattox’s attendance at a N.O.I.S.E. conference is Austin, Texas, beginning November 18. Here are her notes from the conference.
Oct 16, 2014: A Community Meeting was held where residents voiced their concern to the FAA and the City of Phoenix. The City Council chambers were over flowing with residents, who could not get a seat, listening outside on loudspeakers. The meeting is available on YouTube... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaQFaS9vSUA
In that meeting, the FAA committed to respond to City regarding the community concerns within 30 days. (Note: This community meeting, attended by the FAA regarding NextGen flight path changes, was the first held in any city. The FAA commitment to respond back within 30 days was also a first.)
Oct 14, 2014 - Story Steering Committee appropriated $150.00 to join N.O.I.S.E. (www.aviation-noise.org), and $1000.00 to bring to Phoenix, for assistance at the FAA hearing, Emily Tranter of NOISE. Encanto neighborhood pledged $300.00 to support the effort, and several neighborhoods agreed to join NOISE.
Sept 18, 2014: The FAA initiated flight path changes for departures from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as part of “NextGen” What is NextGen?
(From Sky Harbor’s page... On Sept. 18, 2014 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented changes in flight paths to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as part of its effort to streamline departures and arrivals using satellite-based navigation. Since then, Phoenix Sky Harbor and the Federal Aviation Administration have received thousands of questions and complaints about the changes.)
To view past community and public meetings on this topic, visit the links below:
- Phoenix City Council Downtown Aviation & Redevelopment Subcommittee Feb. 4, 2015
- Phoenix City Council Downtown, Aviation & Redevelopment Subcommittee Jan. 7, 2015
- Phoenix City Council Downtown, Aviation & Redevelopment Subcommittee, Dec. 3, 2014
- Phoenix City Council Policy Session, December 16, 2104
- FAA, City of Phoenix Community Outreach Meeting, October 16, 2014
More past community and public meetings on this topic below:
- Phoenix City Council Downtown Aviation & Redevelopment Subcommittee March 4, 2015
- Phoenix City Council Policy Session Feb. 24, 2015
- Presentation from Feb 24, 2015 Policy Session