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New Noisy Plane Routes Could Be Permanent

Meng urges FAA to reconsider changes implemented in 2012.

Did you hear extra planes flying overhead on their way to LaGuardia Airport last year? There's a reason for that.

In February 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration instituted a new set of flight patterns over Queens which increased overhead traffic noise in some borough neighborhoods. 

At the time, the routes were said to be part of a six-month trial to ease the crowded airspace over New York City.

Late last year, the FAA said it would make the routes permanent, which wasn't exactly music to Queens residents' ears. 

Now, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, D-Flushing, and U.S. Rep. Steve Israel of Long Island are urging the FAA to reconsider the change.

“While we acknowledge that there is no perfect solution to airspace congestion, we believe that our constituents have been unfairly and unexpectedly burdened,” Meng and Israel wrote to FAA Administrator Michel Huerta. “The new routes were implemented without the consultation of local elected officials and constituents, an oversight that Carmine Gallo, the FAA Regional Administrator, acknowledged at a FAA briefing for local officials on January 18, 2013. We hope that the FAA is able to produce a more balanced plan that would alleviate the noise pollution for our constituents and restore the quality of life in our neighborhoods.” 

Have you heard more airplane noise lately? Let us know in the comments.

Rosine February 12, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Something needs to be done. The noise level over Bayside is unacceptable. Planes start flying at 6am and go on until well past 11pm. My children are affected by this. My kids are forced up at 6am on Sundays due to the noise. This has affected our quality of life.
c c cody February 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Last Spring the planes started to come over our house starting at 6:30 AM and even after midnight! UBEARABLE! This Summer the low flying planes from LaGuardia were coming over every minute for hours on certain days to the point where you couldn't hold a conversation, enjoy your backyard or watch TV uninterrupted! UNMERCIFUL! Called the FAA & Port Authority to complain on deaf ears. After attending the neighborhood rallys held by Avella/Braunstein & later Meng I felt there may be hope for reasonable dialogue with the FAA. This article is the death knoll for Northeastern Queens and the quality of life we have all worked had to achieve. If our politicians a Senator, Assemblyman & US Representative cannot get the respect from the FAA to enven hear our voices on this UNCONSCIONABLE and devious action what chance does a decible tortured Bayside resident have? Totally demoralized by the FAA's disregard for the democratic process to be heard!
Gordon D. Keit February 13, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Where are our illustrious U.S. Senators (Schumer and Gillibrand) on this issue? Oh, I forgot, it isn't an election year.
c c cody February 13, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Good point! Please let your concerns be known and call these US Senators who have not been supportive . NYC office for Schumer 212 486-4430 and Gillibrand 212 688-6262. Give them an earful just like we have been subjected to this airplane noise!
Clickety February 13, 2013 at 07:25 PM
the only choice is to move out of hell,ehr...NYC.

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