Airport Noise Has Grown in the Last 30 Years
The FAA says the number of people significantly impacted by aircraft noise is 7% of what is was 30 years ago. (See Noise Abatement Policy, Section 1: Introduction.) This is not true. If you are one of the millions of people who are experiencing an aircraft noise problem today that didn't exist 30 years ago, the FAA needs to hear from you.
The FAA has published its Draft Aviation Noise Abatement Policy and is asking for comments. Please take 20 minutes to write comments to the FAA objecting to their claims that they have substantially reduced the airport noise problem to 500,000 people impacted, mostly near the very largest airports in Chicago, New York, and New Jersey. We want to make sure the FAA hears from citizens and not just the industry. Airport noise is a growing problem, not a decreasing one.
The FAA's claim is false for several reasons.
1) They inaccurately calculate the number of people effected.
2) They rely on average noise levels that do not reflect the increase in the instances of interference resulting from more flights.
3) Significant noise impact occurs well below the 65 day-night level that the FAA uses to establish significant noise impact.
4) Nighttime flights have greatly increased, resulting in more people being awakened, but according to the FAA, awakenings are not a significant impact.
5) Airport expansion, new runways, and new flight paths are exposing people who have never been exposed before to airport and airplane noise.
Send comments in triplicate to:
Federal Aviation Administration
Office of the Chief Counsel
Attention: Rules Docket (AGC-200)
Docket No. 
800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20591
You may also submit your comments via email.
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