Katz forms aviation task force to fight jet noise in borough

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In an effort to have one strong voice in the war against the Federal Aviation Administration, the Queens borough president established a new aviation task force to try to curb airplane noise generated by flights at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.

Although former borough presidents also had an aviation task force, Melinda Katz recently reshaped it and named the panel the Queens Civic Aviation Coalition. The new group was established Oct. 17. The task force met for the second time Monday.

The panel will write a letter to the FAA addressing concerns of residents in neighborhoods like Bayside and Flushing about jet noise and pollution. In addition, the group will also express its disagreement with the FAA over not conducting environmental studies before making any flight changes.

The Queens Civic Aviation Coalition is comprised of Katz, some of her senior staff, representatives from Community Boards 7, 10, 11 and 14, representatives from several civic associations, an aviation activist and the Queens Quiet Skies activist group.

“I believe it’s going to be a very good group for presenting our common interests and point of view,” said Janet McEneaney, president of Queens Quiet Skies, an organizations that was formed in northeast Queens.“We will express to the FAA our dismay for their decision to get rid of all environmental reviews for their flight changes.”

In addition, the Port Authority, which manages both airports, will host a working meeting of the Aviation Community Roundtable Nov. 20 at York College to further discuss residents’ complaints about aircraft noise. The idea of the roundtables is to establish a multifaceted series of steps “to work closer with communities on addressing” jet noise.

The Port Authority said the main objective of the roundtables is to address the noise issues “while supporting growth” at the airports. Residents said the increased plane noise is also burdening their lives and lowering their property values.

In another development, the state agency announced it had hired an environmental company to develop noise exposure maps to seek noise mitigation solutions.

Environmental Science Associates will conduct a study over the next three years to help alleviate aircraft noise complaints from residents. The $8 million study for both JFK and LaGuardia seeks, among other goals, to use information “to help develop potential plans to help minimize noise impacts.”

The so-called federal Part 150 airport noise compatibility will pinpoint areas affected by noise above an average of 55 decibels for information purposes.

“The continuing progress toward the federal Part 150 studies for Kennedy, LaGuardia ... marks another milestone in the agency’s efforts to address residents’aircraft noise concerns in New York,” said Thomas Bosco, aviation director for the Port Authority.

Reach reporter Juan Soto by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Updated 9:54 am, November 12, 2014
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Reader feedback

stupid from Queens says:
Homes in Queens are hard to sell because we are in a depression. Newflash, huh.
Nov. 7, 2014, 9:37 am
Justified outrage from Flushing says:
The reporter, as usual, fails to point out that the activsits are protesting the drastic increase in noise. He fails to point out new, unstudied routes have been implemented. He fails to point out that noise abatement was abandoned in 2012, for all practical purposes. Instead, its another misleading article.

Most of Queens, almost all of it, was perfectly livable before NextGen and airspace redesign. Now kids can't do homework and teachers can't teach. The airports are annexing the borough of Queens. Period.
Nov. 7, 2014, 10:24 pm
cry me a river from Queens says:
Lived in Queens 35 years. Never had a prolblem with planes. Just wirh bored complainers.
Nov. 8, 2014, 5:35 pm
Every right to complain from Queens says:
No tears here, Manhattan boy. Wonder why so many avgeek, plainspotting hacks who follow the noise issue around and pretend to be from Queens on these comment forms. Anyone in Queens the last 3 years knows what is going on and is disgusted with it. We don't stop until we get our airspace back. What are you afraid of? Go back to your luxury box.
Jan. 22, 2015, 10:17 pm
Don't like complaining from Queens? says:
Move out.
Jan. 22, 2015, 10:18 pm

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