Airplane Noise Meeting

Plane from Reagan National flying past the Kennedy Center.

Plane from Reagan National flying past the Kennedy Center.

By Ed Solomon, ANC 2E Commissioner

Please join me, residents, and other leaders of the DC Fair Skies Coalition on Thursday evening, September 20, to hear an assessment of airplane noise impacts to our community.

This is a quality of life issue. 

I am the president of the DC Fair Skies Coalition, a group of DC-area citizen associations (including the BCA) who are working to make sure we all have a say on issues that impact airplane noise, air pollution, and flight safety in our neighborhoods. Our goal is to require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the federal agency that operates Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) to adopt an approach to aircraft flight management that balances the needs of the traveling airlines, the public, and DC-area residents. Our objective is a plan that minimizes aircraft noise in residential neighborhoods to the maximum extent feasible, especially at night, in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

The DC Department of Energy and Environment’s informational public meeting on September 20 will present its assessment and technical analyses of airplane noise impacts related to flight path changes at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm at Georgetown Day School, 4530 MacArthur Boulevard NW; onsite parking is available.

The DCA Airplane Noise Project will conclude on September 30, 2018. The District originally initiated the DCA Airplane Noise Assessment Study in fiscal year 2017. The purpose of this meeting is to present to the public and answer any questions regarding the reports and findings of the assessment as well as recommendations by the project team.