December 7, 2017 Newsletter

Dear neighbors:

Usually, the end of the year is a quiet time (although not, unfortunately, in our skies).  This month, though, there’s a lot happening.  I am going to start with two announcements this evening and a little news  I may have more to share later in the month.

Everyone tells us to make noise complaints.  We go to the Port Authority’s noise complaint website.  There’s a cumbersome form that has to be filled out every single time you make a complaint  It’s hard to get them all in when the planes are overhead every 60 to 90 seconds.
But don’t despair.  Our colleagues at Plane Sense 4 LI have found a solution — the AirNoise app.
AirNoise is a company started by a resident of La Jolla, California, who got tired of filling out noise complaint forms.  He designed an app to make noise complaints easily and quickly.  It is being used successfully in cities on the West Coast.
AirNoise charges $24.00 for the button and the app.  Additionally, there is a $5.00 a month subscription fee.
When the button arrives, you install the app on your wireless network.  Once it’s installed, all you need do is press the button or tap your phone when a plane is overhead.  The program files the complaint for you with the Port Authority’s noise complaint system.  It can distinguish between JFK and LGA traffic.  Once the complaint is filed, you will receive a detailed report of your complaint.
The company’s website is  I have attached a flyer explaining how the service works.
I want to thank Plane Sense 4 LI for discovering the AirNoise service and persisting in testing and refining it for use in the NY metro area over the past six months.
For those of you who are serious about your aviation noise complaints, help is finally here.  Go to it!
Queens Quiet Skies and Plane Sense 4 LI are joining forces to start a new group called the New York Community Aviation Policy Partnership.  The two groups will remain separate but work together to educate our members and other aviation stakeholders and to pursue joint projects.  We have several projects in the pipeline already that I’ll tell you more about soon.  Among them, we are actively planning a public workshop on aviation and community health.  We are thinking also of a second public workshop about measuring aviation noise.
Our events will be open and welcoming to the public.  Questions and comments will be encouraged.
We will also be working on policy suggestions for the upcoming FAA Reauthorization Act with other groups around the country. 
Our two community advocacy organizations have driven progress on aviation matters in the NY metro area since 2012, with the help of some of our elected officials.  Others may talk a good game, but no other group or individual has accomplished or innovated as QQS and Plane Sense have done.  We will continue together to make the path for the people of New York City and Nassau. County.

You haul 16 tons and what do you get?   A settlement that seems as though you haven’t really won anything after expending a large amount of resources.
The City of Phoenix successfully sued the FAA.  A federal district court and then an appellate court found that the agency had not followed its rules when implementing a NextGen PBN RNAV route.
What happened next is described in this news report:
Notice that the FAA is going to change the flight routes back only “to the extent practicable.”  The FAA has not promised to deliver any kind of substantive change in Phoenix.  It remains in the driver’s seat under the terms of the settlement.   If the parties have agreed, the court is likely to approve the settlement.  It makes me wonder.
There’s more to come and I am looking forward to telling you about it.

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