Rohrabacher Pushes FAA to Make Jet Noise Reduction a Priority
WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, has introduced legislation to address the problem of increased jet engine noise over local communities.
H.R. 6558, the National Overflight and New Onerous, Incessant Sound Elimination (NO NOISE) Act, would re-order the priorities the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) considers when designing new flight procedures.
“The FAA’s reorganization of our national airspace has placed flight paths over the homes of many who did not have them before and the consolidation of old flight paths has concentrated additional traffic over others,” said Rohrabacher. “While safety is of course the first and foremost priority when changing or creating flight procedures, the quality of life in communities below should be considered above the efficiency of airlines.”
The congressman’s legislation comes after decades of prioritizing the needs of airlines over all non-safety considerations. FAA policy has certainly led to more efficient operations, which has reduced prices for everyone. But that has come at a cost. Airplane noise impacts many more lives now than when those policy choices were first made. Technological advancements have made individual planes quieter, but the total impact on people’s lives is much greater. This requires a shift toward the needs of local people, Americans who have almost no way to get the government to consider the impact on their lives without this change in law.
The congressman voted against H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, because it maintained the status quo by doing nothing to help those affected by the additional noise.