Nov 18 2015
Washington, D.C. – The Senate today unanimously agreed to an amendment filed by U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill that would address community concerns about recent flight path changes at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and airports across the country. The senators’ amendment would ensure that communities and airports have the opportunity to fully engage with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before future flight path changes are made. In addition, for communities that have been negatively impacted by recent flight path changes that have already been implemented, the amendment would create a process to review those changes and require the FAA to consult with airports to determine steps to mitigate the negative effects. The Senate is expected to vote on final passage of the bill later this week.
“Our amendment creates a long-awaited opportunity for residents around Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport negatively impacted by flight noise to have their voices heard by the FAA,” said Senators McCain and Flake. “It establishes a process to have recent flight path changes reviewed by the FAA in an effort to identify ways to mitigate noise impacts on the community. It also ensures that airports and local communities will be involved in future flight path decisions. There’s no doubt that implementing new flight path changes as part of FAA’s NextGen program is important for enhancing passenger safety and increasing travel efficiency, but these changes shouldn’t be made without fully engaging the communities that will ultimately be affected.”
The text of the amendment is here.