I encourage you to check out the Montgomery County web site “Montgomery County Quiet Skies Coalition” – https://sites.google.com/site/208xxquietskies/home
Our wealthy good friends in Maryland (north of DCA) persuaded Montgomery County to appropriate over $300,000 for a noise study to submit to the FAA to support their case in reducing airport noise. They write a lot of letters to politicians and seem to get very good results from their efforts. I have always believed if you see someone accomplishing a goal that you have; you should emulate their behavior. I suggest more of us write letters to our county, local, state and federal government politicians. I have posted a part of a letter I am sending to Senator Chris Van Hollen. I am sending similar letters to all our county, local, state and federal government politicians. From my research, the FAA thinks airport noise is a zero-sum game. The FAA think if they take action to reduce the noise in one community noise is another community has to increase. The FAA should use its satellite technology to revert to the flight paths of the pre-NextGen routes.
Senator Chris Van Hollen
1101 Mercantile Lane
Largo, MD 20774
Phone: (301) 322-6560
I voted for you in your first election and every following election. I commend you for your work in the Senate to help solve the problem of airplane noise. I am asking for your support to help solve the problem of airplane noise in Accokeek (CDP) Md caused by the FAA (DCA Metroplex NextGen Air Traffic Control system). From news reports, I know you are aware of airport noise in communities north of DCA. I believe you do not have the same awareness of airport noise in communities south of DCA, from aircraft approaching DCA from the south (North Flow Arrivals). The North Flow Arrivals has created problems with repetitive concentrated aircraft passing over our homes. Many other cities share this problem.
The residents of Accokeek are experiencing intolerable noise due to the FAA NextGen choice of flight paths. When I moved here, there was no airport noise. In the past three years, there has been a deterioration in our quality of life caused by the loud noise and emissions from jet engines from the numerous aircraft that fly above our communities every day. We can no longer enjoy our outdoor activities, sunrooms, patios, decks and summer cookouts.
The noise started in 2014 and has gotten worse with time. This increased noise was caused by the FAA decisions to implement the NextGen program. The FAA has become a government agency controlled by the Airlines. The FAA is using its discretionary power to save the Airlines money and pushing the cost to our communities. For every dollar the Airline save with NextGen we pay a cost, lower property values and problems with our health. Four communities that have the greatest excessive aircraft noise are:
1. Accokeek (CDP) population 10,000 people
2. Fort Washington (CDP) population 23,717 people
3. Bensville (CDP) Maryland population11,000 people
4. Bryans Road (CDP) Maryland population11,000 people
Accokeek was a very good place to live, quiet, uncrowded, plenty of green space, a good quality of life. I have lived in Accokeek Maryland since 1993 (26 years). I, like many of my neighbors, moved here because Accokeek was a good place to live. Accokeek is in the South East part of Prince George’s County. Accokeek CDP is a community of over 10,000 people. The median income is $126,961. The median property value is $371,417. For several years home values in Accokeek have appreciated over 6% a year. Due to decisions by the FAA, commercial airliners often fly over my house every few minutes from 6:00 a.m. to midnight at altitudes below 3,000 feet. This constant aircraft noise has reduced the equity in my home significantly. This constant noise from low-lying aircraft may prevent me from selling my house.
I am not the only person who is negatively affected by NextGen airport noise; this problem affects thousands of people in Accokeek Maryland and adjacent communities. I believe in a democracy the government should not be able to take property (reduced the equity in your home) without fair compensation or due process. The FAA (North Flow Arrivals) arbitrarily created aircraft flight paths over homes for aircraft landing at Reagan National Airport. A decision made with no notice, no noise or health studies. A bunch of bureaucrats made this decision, who probably have worked for the airlines in the past and will probably work for the airlines in the future. The FAA only took into consideration how their decisions will impact the airline’s profits and airlines passengers’ comfort. The FAA did not consider the people on the ground in Accokeek. The citizens Accokeek health is impacted, and their property values significantly reduced.
We the residents of Accokeek would like to be included in whatever action you take to get relief from the FAA mandated D.C. Metroplex North Flow Arrivals. We want the FAA to use its satellite technology to revert to the flight paths of the pre-NextGen routes. We believe this is an equitable solution since Accokeek has never had noise from air traffic……..