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Oral Arguments Heard in the Citizens Association of Georgetown v. FAA (Washington, DC Lawsuit)

posted Jan 16, 2018, 8:44 AM by MoCo Quiet Skies   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 10:14 PM ]
From the DC Fair Skies Coalition and Citizens Association of Georgetown's DC Fair Skies websites on January 12, 2018:

"Listen to the January 11th Oral Argument 

The Oral Argument in Citizens Association of Georgetown, et al. vs. Federal Aviation Administration in the Federal Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit was held on Jan 11 at 9:00. CAG, joined by nearby civic associations have challenged the northbound departure route change that has brought a large increase in noise to our community and this is our chance to persuade the Court to require the FAA to cease using this new route.

Listen to the 40 minute argument HERE

According to CAG General Council Richard Hinds the Court seemed to be sympathetic to our arguments about the lack of notice to the community and all DC elected officials (except Congresswoman Norton) of the new departure flight path and the misleading correspondence between Council member Jack Evans and the airport authority in 2013. However the outcome can not be predicted by the Court’s aggressive questioning of the attorneys for both sides. Listen and decide who won!

The Court usually takes several months to craft an opinion that the panel finds acceptable. A quick decision would probably be unfavorable since we carry the burden of proving our appeal was timely or we had reasonable grounds for appealing when we did."

The audio recording of the January 11, 2018 oral arguments in the Citizens Assn of Georgetown v. FAA lawsuit. (Washington, DC Lawsuit) is also available under "Oral Argument Recordings Before U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit" folder on the Downloads and Templates tab.

Related News Stories:
-On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 12 p.m. (ET), DC airplane noise will be the topic of discussion on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU 88.5, the NPR member-station in Washington, D.C.  The show starts at noon, but the Coalition has been informed that the airplane-related segment will air from 12:30pm-1:00pm (ET).  Kojo Nnamdi and his guests will be discussing "the unfriendly skies" over Washington, D.C.  
-Tune in to WAMU 88.5 at the time mentioned above, or click on the following link to listen to the radio broadcast recording: Flying High In The Unfriendly Sky: Local Residents Take On FAA Over Airplane Noise (The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5, NPR member-station, Jan. 23, 2018)


As always, every noise complaint you file continues to matter!  Please continue to file noise complaints and encourage your neighbors to also file complaints!

We need to continue to send to the FAA the clear message that the airplane noise & pollution continue to be daily, nonstop problems here in Montgomery County!