We want the FAA to use its satellite technology to revert to the flight paths of the pre-NextGen routes

The residents of Accokeek, Fort Washington, Bensville and Bryans Road 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 over our communities every day. We can no longer enjoy our outdoor activities, sunrooms, patios, cookouts and summer events.
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 medium property value is $371,417. For several years home values in Accokeek have appreciated over 6% a year.
During the 26 years I have been in my home I have invested a significant amount of money to improve my home. Like most middle-class homeowners I intended to take the equity from my home and use it to pay for expenses in my golden years.
Due to decisions by the FAA, commercial airliners frequently 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. 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 my home for aircraft landing at Reagan National Airport. This decision was made with no notice, no noise or health studies. This decision was made by a bunch of bureaucrats 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. Accokeek citizens health are severely impacted, and their property values are significantly reduced.

We the residents of Accokeek, Fort Washington, Bensville and Bryans Road would like 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. 

Copy of a letter to Attorney General Brian Frost

Copy of a letter to Attorney General Brian Frost. I believe the best way for us to get relief from the airport noise is through the legal action by the Maryland Attorney General. I have included a copy of my letter in this post. Maryland state Attorney General Brian Frosh 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202 Dear Attorney General Frosh, I strongly support your decision to take legal action against the FAA (NextGen Air traffic control system). I want to make you are aware of airplane noise in my community (Accokeek (CDP) which is located 12 miles south of Reagan National airport. We the residents of Accokeek would like to be included in your legal action to get relief from the courts. The Federal Aviation Administration decision to create a waypoint for Aircraft landing at National Reagan Airport at Bryans road (CDP) Maryland has resulted in an extreme increase in noise over Accokeek Maryland. I live in Accokeek Maryland a community located in the South East part of Prince George’s county less than a mile from the FAA waypoint at Bryan road. I have lived in  Accokeek Maryland since 1993 (26 years). 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. The noise started in 2016 and has gotten worse with time. This increased noise was caused by the FAA decisions to implement the NextGen program. When Regan implemented North landing the noise from overhead aircraft is constant from approximately 6 am until midnight. On some days I can hear the noise from aircraft and frequently have counted approximately 149 aircraft a day at altitudes of 1,700 feet to 2,500 feet and at a distance .01 miles to 3 miles from my house. Every day some aircraft cross the river from Virginia the Aircraft navigate to the Brandywine waypoint and then circle over Accokeek right or left to line up to go down the river to land at National Reagan Airport. The aircraft slowed to approximate less than 200 miles per hour and descend to approximately less than 2500 feet. Every day some aircraft cross the river from Virginia and travel south then turn around and come up through Accokeek a second time. The aircraft low altitude and low speed increase the intensity and duration of aircraft noise over Accokeek. I believe the constant aircraft noise will lower the property value of Accokeek residences. There is research that indicates low flying jet engine aircraft emissions may affect the health of those in close proximity. I have filed numerous legitimate documented complaints with the FAA. From my research, the FAA use complaints to decide where to place aircraft landing routes. Included in this letter is an attachment that shows data for a day of aircraft traffic. The attachment lists the altitude and distance from my home of overhead aircraft. If you need people who reside in Accokeek who are affected by the noise from the FAA NextGen air traffic control system to testify and/or to give a deposition, I will be happy to volunteer to participate in your legal action against the FAA. Sincerely,

Excessive noise from Aircraft

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On or about 2016, the FAA authorized the redirection of Aircraft from neighboring jurisdictions to the southern part of PG MD.

This egregious action causes unprecedented noise and aggravation to homeowners in the affected path.

Please complain to your local politicians as well as state officials to demonstrate your displeasure.

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