Laguna needs to know what the FAA is silently planning for us. The non-stop airplanes over my home in South Laguna continue. City Council is working very hard on this problem and I commend Toni Iseman and Rob Zur Schmeide on their work with city staff and the task force that has been going on for years. But we are now at a very dangerous point in this struggle with the FAA.
According to an article in the Feb. 16 Los Angeles Times, the FAA has proposed narrowing flight paths at 11 Southern California airports, including John Wayne. The Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, will replace ground based air traffic control for satellite-based control. They say this will save fuel and reduce delays by establishing flight paths that are more confined. That means this will concentrate flights over a defined area, Laguna being in the bull’s eye. The FAA says they will implement this within a year at John Wayne.
We need to make noise now because if we don’t when they implement NextGen it will be set in stone. The FAA answers to no one. In conversations with Congressman Rohrabacher’s office, I was told that it could take months for them to get an appointment with the FAA. So I am asking for the media’s help, the public’s help and the city’s help in contacting the FAA and making as much noise about the noise and airplane flyovers as possible.
Email or call a complaint to:
JWA Access and Noise Office at [email protected] 949/252-5185
FAA Flight Standards at [email protected] or 562/420-1755
FAA’s Noise Ombudsman at [email protected] or 202/267-3521
Please do this now before Laguna is permanently in the flight path. Newport Beach is already vocal and fighting this, which is why the FAA has shoved the problem down the coast to Laguna.
Michele Monda, Laguna Beach
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