FAA Holds Public Meetings on Reagan National Flight Path Changes

WASHINGTON — There are plans to tweak the northbound flight departure path out of Reagan National Airport to reduce noise, and the Federal Aviation Administration is holding public workshops this week to get feedback from residents.

The FAA’s Elizabeth Ray says there were two goals for the proposed change: “Better separation from P-56 — from the restricted airspace over the White House — and the other was can we increase the time over the river.”

The plan would move planes away from the Bellevue Forest neighborhood where Gail Kouril lives.

“You can’t carry on a conversation in the backyard. You can’t do anything because every two minutes there’s a plane, or less,” Kouril said.

Jill from Arlington, Virginia, who declined to give her last name, does not like the plan.

“It will make it worse for us actually,” she said.

They spoke at a Tuesday night workshop at Washington-Lee High School.

Two more meetings will happen this week. Wednesday’s will take place at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, and Thursday’s will be held at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center.

Both events run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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