Thank you to everyone who provided input for the City Council’s 2023 priorities survey and retreat! The outcome was that Community Health and Safety, which includes airplane noise, is continuing as a 2023 Council priority. This week Council added new priorities to the discussion, and various topics are still coming back to Council, including airplane noise, for decisions about specific objectives. We will report separately on these developments. We appreciate YOUR support to remind all Council members that we need the City to lead on FAA airport flight path and noise issues affecting residents.
The renewal process of the FAA’s funding this year presents an opportunity for Congress to make legislative changes regarding FAA’s policies and practices. We have submitted a list of priorities to Representative Anna Eshoo’s office. Please see: Sky Posse Priorities for the 2023 FAA Reauthorization.
Our eight priority issues for the FAA, summarized here, support advocacy positions that we have taken with national and regional partners since 2014 in response to the impacts created by the FAA’s Nextgen program. We are still waiting for the FAA’s response to the 2021 GAO report, and updates on open issues from the 2018 Reauthorization; meanwhile, we believe these eight priorities would address some of the greatest challenges with FAA’s aviation noise and pollution policies and ask Representative Eshoo for her active involvement in support of these changes when Congress takes up FAA's funding reauthorization.