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FAA sets larger flight path around Point Loma

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FAA announces flight path changes to reduce noise of neighborhoods FAA announces flight path changes to reduce noise of neighborhoods

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In a change of plans, the FAA announced Friday they will set a larger flight path around Point Loma in direct response to very outspoken concerns by residents a year ago.

The changes include: 

  • The planes will fly over more water, west of Point Loma.
  • During certain hours, they will be authorized to fly higher to avoid noise at night.
  • The planes will also route further south, avoiding the Point Loma land mass and the arrival and departure routes will follow historic paths, eliminating last year's proposal. 

These plans from the FAA were first announced by Supervisor Greg Cox, one of the people who fought for these changes.

"This doesn't solve all the problems related to flight noise for residents but it's something the community and elected officials have been working together to achieve," said Cox, who also serves on the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

Last October, angry residents confronted the FAA with their complaints of more noise and lower flight paths, which the FAA denied, but it became obvious they were wrong in their assessment.

In their Environmental Assessment published Friday, the FAA said: "Residents were concerned that without a similar waypoint, the proposed design for the (old route) would lead to more aircraft flying over Point Loma more frequently than under existing conditions."

So now, a year later, it appears the FAA has changed its mind, taken testimony and altered the flight paths.

"We have been working with Congressman Peters, Mayor Faulconer, Councilwoman Zapf and the community to get the FAA to be more responsive to the needs of the community and this decision is one of the objectives we've sought."

“I’m pleased FAA officials gave thoughtful consideration to the more than 20,000 comments from residents and businesses in Point Loma. This shows that when our community speaks up we can get things done together. The new proposed flight path is a major improvement and makes sure the impacts on the neighborhood are greatly reduced," said Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

The new departure flight path, called Southern California Metroplex, will go into effect in November.

Read the 1,000-page FAA report HERE.

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