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    • SKY HIGHWAY TO BE BUILT IN SKIES OVER FLORIDA

      A proposed change to the flight paths above South Florida could turn the local airspace into a sky-high Interstate 95, according to critics of the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed plan to consolidate current flight paths into narrower and more concentrated bands of traffic.

      The Miami International Airport Noise Abatement Advisory Committee, who heard the FAA’s pitch for its Next Generation Air Transportation System during a recent meeting, expressed concerns about the added noise pollution that more concentrated flight paths could pose to communities not accustomed to such intense air traffic. 

      Characterized by the agency as an “ongoing transformation of the air traffic control technology and procedures in the United States,” NextGen largely hinges on shifting the National Airspace System from ground-based radar to satellite navigation, and modifying flight paths to make them safer and more fuel efficient. The federal agency said NextGen will save $15.5 million in fuel and 46.1 thousand metric tons in carbon a year.

      Concerned residents in the area could follow the lead set by those from communities in Arizona, Maryland and California where NextGen flight paths have been challenged. In Maryland, the state’s attorney general filed a petition in June with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging new flight paths at Reagan National Airport.

       

       

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