D.C. residents take their battle over airplane noise to federal court

Washington Post – by Lori Aretani / January 22, 2018

The three-year battle between residents in Northwest Washington and the Federal Aviation Administration over noise from flights at Reagan National Airport is now in the hands of a federal appeals court.

The two sides presented their case to a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last week. A ruling, which could take several months, will be closely watched by communities across the country grappling with similar issues tied to the FAA’s efforts to modernize the nation’s air traffic system.

FAA considering making Surf Air flight path over Bay official

The Almanac – by Barbara Wood / September 29, 2017

Residents living near Sunnyvale have organized to fight the route

The Federal Aviation Administration is considering making the route Surf Air has used to avoid homes on the Midpeninsula – by flying over the Bay – an official fair-weather route. But an organized group of residents from Sunnyvale has turned out in force against the route saying it transfers the noise to their neighborhood.

Appeals Court nixes FAA flight-path changes in early court test

Palo Alto Weekly – by Sue Dremann / August 30, 2017

‘NextGen’ procedures and routes overturned in Phoenix, Arizona; locals studying implications for Palo Alto

A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday overturned the Federal Aviation Administration’s controversial rerouting of flight paths in Phoenix, Arizona, calling the agency’s approval of its NextGen flight-procedures program at Sky Harbor International Airport “arbitrary and capricious.”

Editorial: Serious or mollifying?

Palo Alto Weekly – by Palo Alto Weekly editorial board / August 4, 2017

FAA report raises hopes on airplane-noise reduction, but with a long and uncertain time table