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FAA SETS LARGER FLIGHT PATH AROUND POINT LOMA

Sep 02, 2016 06:02PM ● By Paul Spear

                      FAA SETS LARGER FLIGHT PATH AROUND POINT LOMA

            Supervisor Cox, Point Loma residents worked to protect neighborhoods

             SAN DIEGO – County Supervisor Greg Cox announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration issued a decision on airport flight path changes that could potentially reduce flight noise over local neighborhoods.

            The decision was published by the FAA this morning as part of a national air traffic rerouting plan. Last year, the FAA SoCal Metroplex Project proposed changing flight paths at the airport, which would have potentially increased the flights that travel through the center of Point Loma and increase the noise that affects residents.

            The decision released today eliminates last year’s proposal.

            “This doesn’t solve all the problems related to flight noise for residents but it’s something the community and elected officials have been working together to achieve,” said Cox, who also serves on the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

            “We have been working with Congressman Peters, Mayor Faulconer, Councilwoman Zapf and the community to get the FAA to be more responsive to the needs of the community and this decision is one of the objectives we’ve sought.”

            In their Environmental Assessment published today, the FAA said: “Residents were concerned that without a similar waypoint, the proposed design for the (old route) would lead to more aircraft flying over Point Loma more frequently than under existing conditions.”

            The new departure flight path to be implemented in November routes planes well south of Point Loma, away from most neighborhoods.

            The FAA report is more than 1,000 pages long and is available at:

http://www.metroplexenvironmental.com/socal_metroplex/socal_docs.html

Editor’s Note: The portion related to the San Diego departure decision is attached.below:

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