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Gallego, Grijalva, Sinema, Kirpatrick and Schweikert send letter to FAA Administrator

April 2, 2015
Press Release

Phoenix, AZ – Congressman Ruben Gallego, Congressman Raul Grijalva, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick and Congressman David Schweikert sent a letter to Michael Huerta, Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration asking for a quick resolution to the disruption caused by acute levels of aircraft noise resulting from flight path changes at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as part of the national Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Initiative.

Congressman Gallego released the following statement:

“The aircraft noise resulting from the flight path changes at Sky Harbor International Airport has caused severe disruptions to the lives of citizens of the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area.

“It in unconscionable that the FAA would make this decision without doing appropriate outreach to the community affected, that is why in a statement accompanying the FY 2015 Omnibus, Congress recognized the negative impact on Phoenix residents and asked the FAA to act quickly to find ‘mitigation measures.’

“The citizens of Phoenix cannot keep waiting for a resolution. The FAA has had plenty of time to come up with a solution and I urge them to act quickly to implement Congress’ directive. The citizens of Phoenix, the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, and Congress have all spoken and asked for swift action, it’s time for them to take the necessary steps to fix this problem and restore peace and quiet to the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area.”

Read the letter here