Twitter Being Used to Help Fight Aviation Noise

Twitter is becoming a powerful venue for people to share NextGen noise concerns, vent frustrations, and coordinate activism. Even better, the exchange extends around the world, with active participation near Toronto (e.g., see @FairFlightPath) and London (see @planeondaroof for Heathrow, or  @Crowsays_no for Gatwick).

Worldwide, NextGen impacts are driven by technology, airline greed and captured aviation regulators, so we stand to learn a lot when we microblog on social media.

Currently, some of the most active Twitter hotspots for U.S. activism against FAA’s NextGenHell (#NextGenHellFAA) include:

FAA is making plenty of noise with their NextGen route implementations. To quiet them, we need to make at least as much noise back, and carefully coordinate our efforts.

As an example, here is an image showing a recent tweet out of Phoenix:20150530.. Tweet example (KPHX lawn signs, replies)

As another example, check out the great summary of how NextGen is adversely impacting people around Charlotte [KCLT], as blogged (and tweeted) by @StopCLTNoise. (here is a PDF version to download and share)

NextGen’s Capacity Goals are Only Increasing Aviation Noise and Air Pollution…

…And FAA is Failing to Consider the Impacts on our Children.

(click on image to view original Tweet)

(click on image to view original Tweet)

FAA and the moneyed interests in the aviation industry (the airlines, the manufacturers, the employee unions, the contractors and the lobbyists) have been selling the spin for decades: that Aviation is a great economic engine. Well, if you spend a little time researching the facts, and if you recognize that the money invested in aviation-growth would have been invested creating jobs and quality of life in other areas of the economy, you will quickly see that this is just SPIN.

Propaganda. PR. No thanks, FAA, you have better ways to spend our money.

On top of that, there are negative consequences of excessive aviation development. Airport vicinities tend to be blighted for miles, even uninhabitable. A zone where, due to noise and air pollutants, people become sleep-deprived and burdened with asthma and other illnesses. Most residents are quick to move away; only the poorest remain behind, often because they cannot afford to leave.

Aviation noise is known to undermine focus and concentration, critically needed by students. And the air pollutants are connected to IQ loss in growing children. Here are links to the two articles tweeted in the photo above:

The air in NYC lowers kids’ IQs
by Carl Campanile, New York Post
Sharp Rise in Occupational Therapy Cases at New York’s Schools
by Elizabeth Harris, NYTimes

A Two-Hour NextGen Reprieve in Phoenix

A rainstorm rolled across Phoenix last Friday, and the FAA demonstrated that, if they want to, they can immediately change departure routes. To residents in the historic neighborhoods along Grand Avenue, to the northwest, the early turns provided a much quieter evening, a break from the hell FAA turned on last September 18th. But, to residents a couple miles to the east, the early turns helped them to directly understand why so many in Phoenix are so upset at FAA.
20150515at2112.. KPHX tweet re FAA altering flightpaths due to storms, numerous comments

Here are sample modified departures

The departure changes are depicted in the following three screen-captures from FlightAware; orange is the designed NextGen noise-impactful route, and green is the route flown during the weather event.

SWA1811, comparison 5-15 (green, WX) & 5-14 (orange) routes

When Southwest Flight 1811 to San Jose took off at 9:29PM, they were issued an immediate right turn and flown through the middle of the painted intense weather (yellow). Flights to San Jose normally go due west, the way departures did before last September’s NextGen implementation (orange line).

20150517.. comparison of JBU602 KPHX-KBOS, 5-14 (orange) vs 5-15WX (green)

JetBlue Flight 602 took off at 10:29PM, via the YOTES2 on a redeye flight for Boston. Like all others during the two hours, the crew made an immediate right turn (green) and created a noise impact zone roughly two miles east of the normal route (orange).

20150515at2114.. AAL436 KPHX-KSFO, full route view &WX

One of the first reroutes was at 9:14PM, American Flight 436 to SFO. Note that after rushing to depart into the weather, the flight was issued a delay loop and additional delay vectors for sequencing at SFO, where there was a normal arrival flow (averaging 35 per hour) onto parallel runways, and a cloud layer at 1,500 feet. So much for NextGen.

Normal operations resumed two hours later…

…which begs the question (in the tweet below): if FAA can safely and efficiently modify departing flights to deal with a rainstorm, as they did last Friday, why can’t they modify departing flights to fix the NextGen NOISE STORM they have created?20150515at2313.. KPHX tweet re FAA resumes normal noisy flightpaths, 2comments