Governor Larry Hogan wrote Attorney General Brian Frosh a letter requesting that he sue the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Administrator Michael Huerta over new flight patterns which have resulted in a flurry of noise complaints by Maryland residents.
The Next Generation Air Transportation System is a $35 billion system implemented at airports across the country, intended to cut down on delays and carbon emissions, reports The Baltimore Sun. The initiative has resulted in a number of changes at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and at nearby Reagan National Airport.
But the new system has resulted in planes flying much closer to the ground near residential neighborhoods, according to a number of complaints raised by elected officials, community groups, and others.
The Anne Arundel County Council passed Resolution 31-17 last week urging FAA to modify flight paths and elevations imposed by the new system to where they were before, and to place warnings in the Automated Terminal Information System to ensure pilots comply.
The Baltimore Sun reports that the Attorney General has not yet indicated whether he will bring the lawsuit. The paper quotes the Governor’s letter:
We have heard from countless Marylanders, including many community leaders and elected officials, about this continuing problem. This program has made many Maryland families miserable in their own homes with louder and more frequent flights which now rattle windows and doors…. As elected leaders of this state, we cannot allow this situation to stand.