Learn the Parts of NextGen that FAA Does Not Talk About: Four Informative Slideshows by MSP FairSkies Coalition

KPHX NW SID, NextGen Impact Area

A graphic showing NextGen impact in neighborhoods northwest of the Skyharbor Airport in Phoenix. For decades before NextGen, departures climbed out to the west, over the Salt River, and were at much higher altitudes when they began turns toward northern neighborhoods. For a year now, FAA controllers have issued immediate right turns to the northwest. Neighbors within a couple miles of the thick green line of concentrated departures are complaining about the new noise, but FAA just ignores and delays.

If you or someone you know is being impacted by aviation noise due to FAA’s flawed NextGen implementation, you need to watch the four short slideshows linked below. This series was created by one of the leading citizen-experts in the nation doing research and teaching others about NextGen impacts: Kevin Terrell.

Mr. Terrell lives near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport [KMSP], which was once a major U.S. airline hub for Northwest Airlines. Like so many other airlines, Northwest is long gone, now part of the final four in this nation: American, Delta, Southwest and United. Annual airport operations at KMSP peaked in 2004, and have since steadily declined by 24%. Despite this ongoing decline, FAA has funded construction of a new $70 Million Runway 17, which aligns with a nearby river corridor to reduce noise impacts, but is substantially underutilized.

While this expensive new runway remains underutilized, FAA and NATCA are collaborating to impose new NextGen procedures that increase capacity on the older parallel runways that have a higher noise impact. The collaborations between management and the controller’s union follow the same basic strategies as used elsewhere: increased capacity by establishing immediate course divergence, with turns of at least 15-degrees near the departure end of the runway. Mr. Terrell and others have learned the lingo and fought back. They have successfully stopped numerous FAA proposals and are slowly accumulating support from elected officials. And, with these online slideshows, they are educating people across the nation.

The first two videos provide an excellent primer on RNAV and NextGen, and were published in 2013. The second two videos are from Summer 2015. They are particularly relevant to FAA’s expanding noise impacts at Phoenix, Charlotte, Boston and elsewhere. They focus on FAA’s improper use of ‘Categorical Exclusion’, FAA’s revision of their Environmental Impact Policies & Procedures (FAA Order 1050.1F) to further ignore citizen noise concerns, and the need for citizens to become active, speaking up to garner Congressional action.

See the four videos at these four blog Posts:

  1. RNAV (NextGen) departure tracks at MSP airport, Minnesota
  2. FAA’s outdated, insufficient & incomplete approach to measuring aircraft noise
  3. The Real Impact of Aircraft Noise, Part 1
  4. The Real Impact of Aircraft Noise, Part 2

UPDATED 10/4/2016 – revised links to the four videos

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