From the Daily News:
Queens elected officials are urging the FAA to redesign flight patterns to curb aircraft noise around its two airports.
The Federal Aviation Administration changed flight patterns at LaGuardia and JFK Airports about a year ago, prompting a new round of complaints among neighbors.
Reps. Grace Meng (D-Queens) and Steve Israel (D-Queens, Long Island) sent a letter to the FAA this week requesting a meeting with the head of the agency to discuss the concerns.
“The noise is a very serious problem. It is disruptive,” Israel told the Daily News on Wednesday. “The FAA must take into consideration vital community feedback and consider redesigning new flight patterns.”
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said the FAA is in for the fight of its life.
“Giving the FAA almost carte blanche is simply wrong,” said Avella, who would also like to see an environmental impact statement done on the flight pattern changes. “We’re not going to let this go.”
His office is in the process of setting up a community meeting with FAA officials for March 14.