Relief in Range?

1600 block of 30th St.

Will Georgetowners and those to the west soon get some relief from airplane noise? They may, if a plan floated by the FAA to change the routes of planes leaving National Airport is adopted.

While planes have been flying in and out of National Airport for generations, locals began complaining about the noise more in the last several years. The problem’s gotten worse, they say, because of the “Next Gen” procedures that allow the planes to cut over land more and not stay directly above the Potomac.

The FAA is considering new routes that would keep the planes over the Potomac longer. They are holding community meetings to discuss (the Georgetown meeting is on September 18 at 5:30 pm at the Georgetown library).

Will a slight shift make a difference? GM’s not sure. But it’s worth noting that just a few blocks distance can have a large impact on the airplane noise. On N St., it really can be distractingly loud, but stand at Q and it’s easy enough to ignore most of the time. So maybe it will work?

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