City of Phoenix Files Lawsuit Against FAA’s NextGen Implementation

Tens of thousands of Phoenix residents, and probably at least that many people in other U.S. cities, cheered today when the City of Phoenix finally announced: they have filed a civil action against FAA! Here is a portion of the text, extracted from a 3-page letter sent by City Manager Ed Zuercher to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta:

20150601..Phoenix.Mgr.E.Zuercher letter to FAA.M.Huerta, announcing NextGen Lawsuit (portion of pg2)

(click on text image to open PDF version of the full 3-page letter)

Administrator Huerta in a typical pose, selling NextGen to Congress. The guy on the right looks like him, too.

Administrator Huerta in a typical pose, selling NextGen to Congress. The guy on the right looks like him, too.

More documents will be uploaded to this aiREFORM Post as they become available.

See also… (blue dates link to online content)

6/1/2015
Petition for Review
A copy of the 4-page document filed at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
6/1/2015
Phoenix Sues FAA Over Flight Path Changes
ARTICLE – By Brenna Goth, AZCentral.com (PDF copy, 2-pages)
6/2/2015
Phoenix Sues FAA Over ‘Extreme Discomfort’ from Airplane Noise
ARTICLE – Holly Yan, CNN.com (PDF copy, 3-pages)
6/1/2015
City of Phoenix Sues FAA over Aircraft Noise
NEWS RELEASE – issued by the City of Phoenix
6/1/2015
FAA Letter from Glenn Martin to Ed Zuercher
This is the letter received just prior to the decision to file the civil action.
6/1/2015
What’s Being Done?
REFERENCE – The Airport Authority has done a good job sharing documents online, via this SkyHarbor.com webpage.
6/2/2015
FRAP, Rule 15
REFERENCE – Text for Rule 15 of the Federal Rules of Appelate Procedure.
6/2/2015
49 U.S. Code § 46110 – Judicial review
REFERENCE – link to code at LII, Cornell.EDU