Citizens Association of Georgetown: May 17, 2017

Communities near the Potomac River have complained about increased air traffic over residential homes. (Brian Kapur/The Current/September 2016)

Residents of Georgetown and adjacent communities have not experienced noticeable reductions in aircraft noise created by northern departures from Reagan National since the spring of 2015. The roundtable discussions at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority have not yet reached a consensus that would create an acceptable alternative northern departure route. In the meantime, the D.C. Department of Energy & Environment has begun a noise assessment project to measure the impacts on the communities affected by the current departure route.

Finally, the DC Fair Skies Coalition has initiated litigation against the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The final stage — oral argument before the Court of Appeals — is not yet scheduled. If the coalition prevails in the litigation, there would need to be an interim alternative departure route, which likely could be to return to the prevailing departure route before spring 2015 — over the river and then west of the Georgetown reservoir. That route would be a temporary route pending Federal Aviation Administration approval of a final alternative route that would require safety and aircraft noise studies before it could be implemented.

— Bob vom Eigen