FAA meeting rescheduled for November 13

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Port of Seattle meeting originally scheduled for October 23 at New Holly has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 13, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Cleveland High School, 5511 15th Ave. S. on Beacon Hill.

The FAA, Port, and Boeing Field representatives are holding the meeting, they say, to “provide information on existing flight procedures into and out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Boeing Field.”

Members of the Quieter Skies Task Force, a group of Beacon Hill and other Southeast Seattle neighbors, plan to be at the meeting in force, bringing concerns about recent and planned future airplane noise over our neighborhoods, and a petition signed by more than 300 neighbors. See our earlier post about the meeting.

Photo by C r u s a d e r via Creative Commons/Flickr.

8 thoughts on “FAA meeting rescheduled for November 13”

  1. I pity the FAA officials who must politely respond to the drivel Quieter Skies are spouting. The “worst” impacted communities will see an increase of less than one decibel. They have about as much chance of being able to discern a one decibel difference as they have a mouse fart under their floorboards.

    If the FAA had just made permanent this overwhelmingly-beneficial change without telling anyone, nobody would ever have noticed, and we could be spared all this pointless and ignorant bellyaching.

  2. Dear brucenourish: I assume you have posted such a sad, silly comment because you so desperately want to bicker and flame on this terrific neighborhood blog with SE Seattle residents. I feel very sorry for you, and I hope you are not too depressed or angry.

    If you really didn’t want to engage with others in such a negative way and actually didn’t care about this issue, you would not have posted such an aggressive, sad thing.

    I hope it’s not the plane noise that is contributing to your anger, depression, learning capabilities, as these are a just couple of the symptoms of people exposed to constant pollution and noise.

    Don’t worry. Neighbors concerned with the health and welfare of our community are working with your best interests in mind. Have a wonderful day! Peace.

  3. Wow. You are one sad and angry person. I just read your Twitter feed. I feel really bad for you. Anger, aggression, and stunted learning are some of the effects of constant airplane noise and pollution.

    If you really didn’t care about this, you would not have posted. You just want to lash out at everything. Today it is the FAA meeting. Tomorrow it will be something else.

    Your Twitter feed is indicative of your negativity. I hope you can find happiness in some way.

  4. I think this discussion would be more fruitful if it does not devolve into personal attacks. People are allowed to disagree — it doesn’t mean they have “stunted learning.” Please keep things about the topic, not about the commenters.

  5. • We are the most diverse zip code in the nation and we have the largest population of children and elderly (low income, minority, and disabled) in the city.

    • We are also impacted by THREE airports (Renton, Boeing Field and Sea-Tac). It is impossible for us to understand how the FAA and Port have not so far designated us a noise-affected community. These airports have been in existence a long time, but traffic frequency has increased, a third runway has been added, and flight paths have been altered and concentrated over our neighborhoods. The impacts have increased significantly and will only continue. We can no longer afford to be the silent, path of least resistance.

    • The noise has been steadily increasing since the opening of the third runway, and the FAA says air traffic will increase by another 30% in the next 10 years. We are asking for noise monitors and to have a seat at the table in planning the arrival and departure corridors and allowed times of operation. Only adequate noise monitors will provide proof of actual noise levels and frequency to start the process of finding fare solutions to managing air traffic impacts. Without real noise monitors on the ground, we are at the mercy of the FAA and the Port of Seattle who have already determined that we are not a “noise affected community”.

    • The FAA and Port have been re-designing our airspace and increasing air traffic over our community since 1995. They have been engaging with communities much further away, including Federal Way – but they have not included us. Alaska Airlines and other dominant airlines at Sea-Tac have the ear of the FAA and the sympathies of our congressional delegation, so there is little consideration left for our quality of life. Clearly airline profits have drowned out the voices of environmental justice.

    • We are having our first meeting on November 13th at Cleveland High School from 6:30-8:30pm to discuss air traffic noise and environmental issues. We invite everyone who is affected by air traffic noise. Translators will be provided for the Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Somali languages. Your presence is very important, but you are not required to speak at the meeting.

  6. My family and I have lived on Beacon Hill for over 20 years, most of those on S. Dawson St., just up from Cleveland High School. We’re right under the SeaTac flight path. Over those years, airport noise levels have actually gone down due to the quieter airplanes now flying, at least that’s my admittedly personal observation.

    If anyone has data to the contrary, showing that airplane noise is actually louder now than in years past, I’d really like to see that. Thanks.

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