FAA Reauthorization

July 31, 2018 09:19 AM

The U.S. Senate is moving to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization this week.  You are urged to contact your federal elected senators, asking them to ensure this legislation contains language to protect communities impacted by aviation noise and emissions.

FAiR (Fair Allocation in Runways) has provided the following phone and email scripts:

Sample phone script: Please ask Senator (Durbin/Duckworth) to support Senate Bill 1405 with the amendments proposed by Senators Cardin and Van Hollen.
Sample email: Regarding FAA Re-authorization Bill, S 1405, I urgently request your support of legislation containing language to protect communities impacted by aviation noise and emissions, as proposed by Senators Cardin and Van Hollen. The current aviation situation is extremely detrimental to our physical health, emotional well-being, quality of life, and our property values. Your support is much needed and greatly appreciated.
Consider cutting and pasting the four amendments listed below:

1. The “Noise Dispersion” amendment would require dispersion of flights, higher altitudes, and research/implementation of technologies to improve safety in crowded airspace while also achieving dispersion and altitudes.
2. The “Subtitle E” amendment is a rollup of most of the noise-related amendments that passed in the House version of the bill in April.
3. The “21st Century Noise Measuring” amendment would require the adoption of updated noise measuring and assessment methods, including measuring and accounting for actual noise on the ground rather than just modeled noise.
4. The “Cumulative Impacts” amendment would require the FAA to calculate noise on a cumulative rather than average, single event or “per flight” basis.

It is time to mobilize as many people as possible in our communities to make calls/send emails!


Duckworth, Tammy - (D - IL)
524 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2854
(312) 886-3506
Durbin, Richard J. - (D - IL)
711 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2152
(312) 353-4952


For more information on FAiR, visit their website:  www.fairchicago.org.  Click here to visit the O'Hare Airport Commission "Airport Issues" page. 

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