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Groups Call Attention To FAA Changes With 'No Fly Day'

A jetliner flies over a home on Third Avenue near downtown San Diego that was recently renovated with $72,000 worth of new windows, doors and ventilation systems to lesson the noise of airplane traffic, Feb. 26, 2015.
Susan Murphy
A jetliner flies over a home on Third Avenue near downtown San Diego that was recently renovated with $72,000 worth of new windows, doors and ventilation systems to lesson the noise of airplane traffic, Feb. 26, 2015.

Groups Call Attention To FAA Changes With 'No Fly Day'
Groups throughout the country want to call attention to the impact of the FAA's modernization plan for air traffic control.

They're calling it "No Fly Day." A group of residents, including some from San Diego, want to draw attention to the Federal Aviation Administration's plan to modernize air traffic control around the country. The changes could bring noise to neighborhoods not already accustomed to air traffic overhead.

Patrick Meyer lives in Santa Cruz, where earlier this year the FAA implemented the NextGen plan for Northern California. Meyer said his neighborhood noticed a change immediately.

"We wanted to live out in the country and we wanted a non-urban setting," Meyer said. "And instead what we've gotten is literally feeling like we're two blocks away from the airport."

In places like Houston there has been little outcry over the FAA's plans, while citizen groups have formed in Minneapolis, Boston, Phoenix and now San Diego, where the changes are still under review.

The groups want people to put off flying for a day, though they really want to draw attention to scheduled protests.

Point Loma residents plan to gather at 10 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of North Harbor and Harbor Island drives to protest.