FAA: McLean Airplane Noise to Fade Away

Neighbors briefed about new plane guiding technology

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011  |  Updated 12:03 AM EDT
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Neighbors in McLean, Va., may not have to complain about airplane noise much longer.

Tuesday night, the FAA briefed the McLean Citizens Association about its new GPS technology for commercial airplanes. 

The GPS is designed to better guide pilots landing at Reagan National Airport.  It will help them to more accurately follow the path of the Potomac River. Right now, pilots rely on their own vision to steer them away from neighborhoods.

The FAA briefing came during a public meeting at the McLean Old Firehouse Teen Center on Chain Bridge Road.

Despite the reassurances, many neighbors attending the meeting appeared skeptical that the GPS would fix the airplane noise problem that they said has been plaguing their community for years.

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