SERFR: FAA’s ‘Acoustical Sewerline’ over the Santa Cruz area

Across the nation, over the past two years, FAA has been accommodating the desire of airlines to pad their profits by turning lower and closer to the airports. FAA, collaborating with so-called ‘stakeholders’ including the air traffic controllers union (NATCA), developed and imposed sets of routes using satellite navigation technologies. In the process, decades worth of noise abatement procedures were simply abandoned. All of this is cheerfully presented as an improvement, a product of NextGen. And it is happening at dozens of communities, across the nation.

How bad is it? Activists in the Bay Area are doing an excellent job fighting back. Watch this short video, created by SOSSC, a large group of residents impacted under the SERFR arrival route, to the south of San Francisco:

Want more? Listen to this radio show from last August, after 5+ months of NextGen’s SERFR arrivals:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-Nvzuvr6ouZXzU2bWNray1vMGM/view
This local radio show covers a lot of ground. Many listeners call in with a spectrum of questions, and the four SOSSC members do a great job, explaining the impacts and detailing the failures by FAA and the others who implemented SERFR. Here are a few times:

  • ‘Acoustical Sewerline’ is mentioned at ~6:30
  • NextGen is defined at ~15:30
  • ‘NoFlyDay is discussed at ~28:00

Having heard all this, want to know what FAA has done, to give these caring citizens some noise-impact relief? The answer to that question is easy:

…at this point in time, FAA has done NOTHING.

The Acoustical Sewerline continues….