SAMPLE LETTER TO BE SENT TO THE FAA OR YOUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES
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Re: NOISE COMPLAINT due to the FAA’s NextGEN Southern California METROPLEX Project
I live in the City of _______________ and have been adversely affected by changes in flight patterns of commercial aircraft departing from and landing at John Wayne Airport as part of the NextGen Southern California Metroplex Project.
My family and I have lived here for over ____ years. We moved to our community to enjoy the peaceful and quiet neighborhoods, the views, and the close proximity to Orange County beaches. When we purchased our home we were able to comfortably co-exist with John Wayne Airport. At that time our home was not directly beneath or adjacent to a designated flight path nor was it overly impacted by noise emanating from JWA. That changed with the implementation of NextGen at JWA. Now we are subjected to a continuous stream of low-flying, noisy commercial aircraft and vehemently disagree with the FAA’s Record of Decision stating there would be “no impact” to our neighborhood as a result of the NextGen air transportation system. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As a result of NextGen’s “freeway in the sky,” we are constantly exposed to excessive noise from low flying commercial aircraft and are extremely concerned about the noise and the fine black dust we find on our patios and in our homes, and the impact on our health. We are incensed about the FAA’s Environmental Assessment of less noise since it started directing commercial aircraft over our heads. This is nonsensical and wrong.
I request that the FAA re-evaluate its actions and return to historically preferred flight paths over less populated areas. I request that airlines using JWA upgrade their fleets and fly quieter aircraft such as the Airbus 320neo or the 737 Max. I also request that the airlines direct their pilots to utilize noise abatement procedures that include higher altitudes, engine cutbacks and minimal thrust until well over the ocean. I request that departing commercial aircraft follow the contours of the Newport Back Bay and turn only after reaching the ocean, instead of turning over highly populated neighborhoods and schools. I request that once the commercial aircraft are over the ocean, they reach much higher altitudes before flying back over land, and I request that the airlines and their pilots try to be good neighbors to those of us over whom they fly.
Lastly, I am not going away, nor are my neighbors. We are just getting started and expect action!
[Your Printed Name]
[Your Printed Address and Email Address/Phone No.]
SAMPLE LETTER TO BE SENT TO THE AIRLINES
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City, State ZIP
Re: Airline Departures from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California
I am a resident of Orange County, California and live in the departure path of John Wayne Airport (SNA). As you are aware, in 1985 there was an airport settlement agreement reached between the city and the county and was memorialized by the FAA to protect and insure the quality of life for the residents of Orange County for many years to come. One of the major components of the agreement was limiting the decibel levels that would be experienced at various locations throughout the departure corridor.
Since 1985, your fleet has become far more advanced, enabling the airplanes to fly measurably quieter and with less pollutants. The reality is however, that with that ability, came the realization that departing planes could essentially fly lower and stay within the noise limitations set forth within the 1985 agreement. Compound this fact with the implementation of NextGen, incorporating a constrictive departure path, and we now have the “perfect storm”. With the increased concentrated noise levels and the visual aircraft pollution infiltrating our environment, the residents of Orange County have formed a united coalition to work with the airport, the airlines, the FAA, the city of Newport Beach and the county to cohesively develop a departure procedure that is fair and reasonable to those affected.
Flying quieter at higher altitudes upon take off will alleviate a number of the communities’ concerns. In the past, it is well documented that in order to meet the minimum noise abatement levels, aircraft did in fact utilize an immediate rapid ascent with engine cutbacks and minimal engine thrust until well past the shoreline. This method was neither the existing NADP1 nor NADP2, but in actuality a steeper take off departure procedure. The combination of implementing something similar to the old and successful departure procedure along with the airlines more recent commitment to follow a back bay departure path to the ocean will undoubtedly lead to a positive and amicable relationship between the impacted citizens and the airlines. In simple terms, it appears that a return to many of the aspects of the old Noise Abatement Departure Procedure will restore the trust the community has with JWA and your airline.
In closing, we are requesting that you take into consideration the health and well being of our community and seriously consider implementing the above described procedure in order to return us to the quality of life we had prior to NextGen and low flying aircraft.
Please fly as quietly and pollutant free as possible…that is all we are asking.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
[Your printed name]
[Your address, phone number/email address]
SAMPLE EMAIL TO THE OC BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REGARDING THE GAIP
Supervisors' names and email addresses:
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Re: Proposed JWA General Aviation Improvement Program (GAIP)
Dear Supervisor ___________:
I am a resident of _______________________ and am very concerned about recent developments at John Wayne Airport. Since NextGen, the narrow corridor of low-flying jets has seriously impacted the quality of life in my neighborhood. Although the noise is unbearable, I am even more concerned about the impact of the noise and pollution on my health and that of my family. Numerous studies conducted by leading universities have established a link between jet noise and pollution and serious health issues.
The only relief we currently have is the nighttime curfew and limits on daily commercial flights. These protections are now in jeopardy because of the County’s proposed GAIP. Instead of trying to help its residents impacted by excessive noise and pollution, it appears that the County is doing the opposite and is ready to make it worse through expanding GA jet services that can fly 24/7. It is time for the County to prioritize the health and well-being of thousands of its residents over any expansion of JWA GA jet services, including increased jet traffic over our communities.
I am strongly opposed to the County’s plan to displace small prop planes housed at JWA to make room for more corporate and “for hire” charter jets. I am opposed to any plan to build new terminals and facilities for GA corporate and “for hire” jets. I am opposed to increasing privately run international travel, which will result in added nighttime jet traffic and security issues. I am opposed to GA “for hire” jet services such JetSmarter, NetJet and other Uber-type air services, which will have minimal or no security as compared to regular commercial flights. I am opposed to the expansion of GA jet services for the convenience of the privileged few at the cost to thousands of people living in JWA-impacted communities.
The airport staff’s recent recommendation of Alternative #1 is unacceptable, and if approved, would be the most damaging to all JWA-impacted communities in terms of increased flights, noise and pollution, and would greatly exacerbate what we have already been forced to endure. Please vote to protect the people living in my city and in all of the JWA-impacted communities, including the thousands of children in our neighborhood schools, and limit your approval of JWA modifications only to those necessary to satisfy minimal FAA requirements. If you feel compelled to vote for one of the airport staff/County recommended alternatives, please vote for Alternative #3, the plan that improves access roads, updates hangars and improves one FBO [as opposed to building two more FBOs], while also satisfying all FAA requirements. Alternative #3 is the plan that does the least and is the best for the people.