FAA's Reply to State of Maryland's Response -- September 10, 2018

posted Oct 12, 2018, 4:39 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Oct 21, 2018, 12:05 PM ]

State of Maryland Files Its Response to the FAA's Dismissal Motion -- August 31, 2018

posted Sep 1, 2018, 2:33 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 4:44 PM ]

Yesterday (8/31/2018), the State of Maryland filed its response to the FAA's Motion to Dismiss Maryland's Petition for Review.

You can view and download the State of Maryland's August 31, 2018 Response Filing and Exhibits by clicking on the links below:

PDF copies of these documents are also available under the folder "LAWSUIT_MD Lawsuit Court Documents (DCA & BWI)" on the Downloads and Templates tab.

MCQSC Send Letter to US Senators in Support of Amendments to S.1405 to Address Excessive Noise Impacts from Aviation -- August 27, 2018

posted Aug 27, 2018, 10:11 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 4:44 PM ]

MCQSC sent a letter on August 27, 2018 to the U.S. Senate on behalf of the members of the Montgomery County Quiet Skies Coalition that explains in detail the reasons why communities across the U.S. strongly support amendments to S.1405 to address excessive noise impacts from aviation.  

A copy of MCQSC's August 27, 2018 Letter is available by clicking HERE and is also available under the "Action letters, Templates" folder on the Downloads and Templates tab.

WSJ Article: Airport Noise Complaints Are Skyrocketing -- August 26, 2018

posted Aug 26, 2018, 6:40 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Aug 27, 2018, 10:21 PM ]

The Wall Street Journal published an article about airplane noise on Friday:
Airplane Noise Complaints Are Skyrocketing: I Start Pushing That Button At 6:33 AM.  

A copy of the article is available FYI by clicking here: "Airplane Noise Complaints Are Skyrocketing" News Article.    

The article talks about the Airnoise Clicker, which we discussed at the most recent MCQSC meeting.  It is yet another tool to complain and in fact may be preferable to the MWAA app, which has been out-of-order much of the time, including the past week.  Even the online form was out of order last night.  We have notified MWAA about the recurring problems.   


We know how many people are negatively impacted because we hear from the residents of MoCo, but we must continue to get more of our aviation-impacted neighbors sending their complaints to MWAA.  Please encourage anyone you know who is impacted to submit complaints.  


FYI, our Noise Working Group members plan to verify with MWAA that they actually receive and track the Airnoise Button complaints.  We will discuss this issue at the 10/11 MCQSC meeting.  


In the meantime, complain now!  Use the app or the online form (whenever they are working).

Aviation noise in Southern California - interesting parallels with DCA -- August 8, 2018

posted Aug 26, 2018, 6:36 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Aug 27, 2018, 9:42 PM ]

Airport noise — from La Mesa to La Jolla | San Diego Reader


There are some interesting parallels with our local situation.



a new rapprochement between recently tone deaf aviation officials and irritated residents in the flight paths may now be in the offing. After two years of Federal Aviation Administration missteps in implementing new flight patterns, the agency and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority have hired consultants to work with local residents to determine changes to alleviate some of the latest noise problems.


As the residents and the consultants work together, the FAA has a word of warning. No change shall be accepted that causes noise to neighborhoods that haven’t yet been hearing it. The FAA might have thought to set the example.


“We bought and moved into our La Mesa home in June 2015,” says Marie Knox, “and there weren’t any commercial airliners that we could hear or see over or near the house. We could see them out our front window, a good distance south, going in to land, but could barely hear them. Then, in November of last year, the week of Thanksgiving, everything changed overnight. 

FAA pulls out of BWI Roundtable and DCA Community Working Group -- July 18, 2018

posted Aug 26, 2018, 6:34 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Aug 27, 2018, 10:19 PM ]

Over the last few days, the FAA informed the DCA Noise Working Group and the BWI Roundtable that it will no longer participate in discussions about new flight paths and procedures with either group.  According to information conveyed to us through the BWI and DCA airport authorities, FAA stated that it is pulling out because of the Petition for Review filed by the State of Maryland on behalf of the former and the Administrative Appeal filed on behalf of the latter.  


Our Congressional delegation has requested a written explanation from the FAA before considering next steps.  


We will share more news when we have it.  Meanwhile, here are the articles about this subject that appeared in the Baltimore Sun (yesterday) and the Washington Post (today).

Aircraft noise complaint numbers for 2017

posted Aug 26, 2018, 6:31 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Aug 27, 2018, 9:32 PM ]

Complaint numbers to MWAA re. flight noise and disturbances for 2017 are summarized on the attached spreadsheet.  Please click here for a copy of the 2017 Complaint numbers: 2017 Complaint Numbers.  A copy is also available under the "Noise Complaints Data" folder on the Downloads and Templates tab.


Montgomery County complaints have increased by a factor of over 700, or 72,000 percent since the flight paths changed in 2015.  


Even though Montgomery County's numbers demonstrate the huge increase in noise, we all know that many more people are impacted who are not filing complaints.  


Please share the complaint website or app with your neighbors and encourage them to use it.  


Details for submitting complaints (it's easy!) are on our website under the "Take Action" tab.

Update on Airspace Consultant (June 7, 2018)

posted Aug 26, 2018, 6:29 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Aug 27, 2018, 10:20 PM ]

Dear MCQSC members,


As most of you are aware, the Montgomery County Council - thanks in large part to Council President Riemer and Councilmember Berliner -  approved $125,000 in the FY 2019 budget to fund an airspace consultant to help develop solutions to the untenable level of air traffic that was concentrated over Montgomery County back in 2015.


What some of you may not have heard is that Arlington County will be chipping in an additional $125,000 for the airspace consultant.  Since flight patterns north of the airport impact communities in Maryland, Virginia and DC,  a regional solution ultimately will be required.   Accordingly, it is our hope that DC and Fairfax County will join in the effort and support the airspace consultant's work to develop a mutually agreeable solution that can be approved by the DCA Community Noise Working Group and submitted to the FAA.    


While the scope of work is still being ironed out by Montgomery County and Arlington County, it is our understanding that the consultant would evaluate the specific problem north of the airport and assist our communities in working with the FAA to develop reasonable alternatives to current flight procedures that would provide relief to communities currently under the channelized flight paths.  


Governor Hogan has asked the FAA to enter a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the state of Maryland to resolve the air traffic issues or risk legal action.  Should the MOU become reality, having an airspace consultant on board to help the communities better understand the issues and communicate more effectively with the FAA is critical. 


Thanks again to everyone who participated in the effort to secure funding for the airspace consultant.  This is a positive step in this long, sometimes aggravating process!  We will keep you posted as this issue continues to develop.

Montgomery County Council APPROVES $125k Funding for Airspace Expert (May 17, 2018)

posted Aug 26, 2018, 6:26 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Aug 27, 2018, 10:20 PM ]

Thanks to all of your phone calls, emails and office visits, the County Council has approved $125k to fund an airspace expert to work with the FAA to develop solutions to the DCA air traffic problem.


Please take a moment to thank Council President Riemer and Councilmember Berliner for their leadership on this issue.  Their support was critical in this effort and is very much appreciated.  


District 1 Councilmember, and candidate for County Executive Roger Berliner:  



County Council President, and candidate for At Large County Council Hans Riemer:  


State of Maryland Files Petitions Regarding Flight Paths at Reagan National and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airports

posted Jun 26, 2018, 2:05 PM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 12:43 PM ]

Excerpt of the June 26, 2018 Press Release:  

Press Release Header

State of Maryland Files Petitions Regarding Flight Paths at Reagan National

and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airports


BALTIMORE, MD (June 26, 2018) – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today announced the State of Maryland has filed two petitions regarding flight paths at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).  The first action is a petition for review in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) implementation changes to the approach flight path for Runway 19 at DCA.  The second is an administrative petition, filed with the FAA, that requests a supplemental environmental assessment as well as revisions to area navigation routes and procedures for BWI.  Attorney General Frosh noted that the FAA failed to conduct the necessary environmental reviews prior to implementing the new flight paths. 


“The FAA must follow required procedures before implementing changes to flight paths that impact thousands of Maryland residents,” said Attorney General Frosh.  “Thousands of Marylanders have had their lives disrupted since the new flight paths were implemented without the appropriate level of environmental review, public input, and transparency.”  [...]

Please click here to view a copy of the entire Press Release:

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