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Airport Authority Asks For Changes In FAA's San Diego Plan

Sjohnna Knack, Airport Noise Mitigation Program Manager, breaks down the airport's position on the Southern California Metroplex, Oct. 20, 2015.
Steve Walsh
Sjohnna Knack, Airport Noise Mitigation Program Manager, breaks down the airport's position on the Southern California Metroplex, Oct. 20, 2015.

Airport Authority Asks For Changes In FAA’s San Diego Plan
As Point Loma residents continue to express concern over the FAA's plan to tighten the airspace around San Diego, the Airport Authority requests changes.

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority wants to negotiate changes to the Federal Aviation Administration plan to tighten the airspace around San Diego, which has many Point Loma residents concerned about noise.

“We want to see if there are incremental changes that we can make," said Sjohnna Knack, Airport Noise Mitigation Program Manager. "So, can we work with the FAA to see if, as an example, can we fly further out into the ocean before they make the turn? There are some things we can try to sit down with the FAA to see.”

The airport wants the FAA to keep a marker that discouraged planes from flying over Point Loma as they banked to fly east. To judge the impact of noise, the airport also wants the FAA to use a California standard which starts earlier in the evening, at 7 o'clock.

Airport officials also want a 180-day evaluation period to judge the impact of any changes the FAA makes. The two sides have not sat down since the public comment period closed for the Southern California Metroplex earlier in the month. The FAA has set a target to implement changes next year.

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