Sign this NEW petition. 

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PETITION

PETITION TO:

U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE 

TO ADD PUBLIC TESTIMONY TO OFFICIAL HEARINGS ON AIRSPACE MODERNIZATION 

ADDITIONAL TESTIMONY RELATING TO:

NOISE AND CHEMICAL POLLUTION IMPACTS ON COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY PERFORMANCE-BASED NAVIGATION (PBN) IMPLEMENTATION

 

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has scheduled a full committee hearing Nov. 18, 2014 entitled  “FAA Reauthorization: Issues in Modernizing and Operating the Nation’s Airspace.”

Scheduled to provide testimony at this hearing are only representatives of the Department of Transportation, Airlines for America, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Air Line Pilots Association, the Business Roundtable, and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

We, the undersigned, believe that enormously conspicuous by its absence from this list is testimony from one or more representatives of the many communities across the United States that face potentially large negative impacts from implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN), a central piece of airspace modernization.  We also are troubled by the lack of appropriate lead time to notify concerned stakeholders of this hearing.

We therefore respectfully petition that such testimony be added to the hearing, even if that necessitates delaying the hearing until this testimony can be arranged. These negative impacts are unquestionably one of the major issues facing this country’s airspace modernization efforts, and therefore are fully within the scope of the hearing and the discussion on FAA reauthorization.

We believe that the issue of increased noise and chemical pollution from operations increases and/or more concentrated flight paths that PBN will enable around major airports is an excellent example of a thoroughly nonpartisan issue, affecting many communities across the U.S. representing a wide range of income levels and other population metrics.  The impacts represent, in aggregate, a serious erosion in the quality of life for affected communities, including:

  • Learning impediments for students in schools under/near concentrated flight paths
  • Negative health impacts from increased noise
  • Negative health impacts from increased exposure to aircraft exhaust
  • Decreased property values and tax base erosion

We fully support airspace modernization and do not consider ourselves knee-jerk advocates of a “Not in My Backyard” mindset.  But we also believe that the significant impacts of PBN implementation on local communities distant from Washington rulemaking should be fully understood, including requiring Environmental Impact Studies for major FAA-driven changes.  These studies should not be viewed as an impediment to moving forward, but rather as an integral part of this process. The members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee deserve to be fully informed about such impacts on their constituents, and should welcome testimony to help them achieve this understanding.

Respectfully submitted,

MSP FairSkies Coalition Members

 

 

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