Town Hall in Burien about airplane noise - but Shoreline - Lake Forest Park residents also have serious concerns

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The League of Quiet Skies Voters is holding a town hall in Burien about their concerns about airplane noise in communities near Sea-Tac.

But residents in Shoreline - Lake Forest Park also have serious concerns about airplane noise.

North End Neighbors Airplane Noise Group (NENANG) is comprised of 50 or so residents in the north end of the Puget Sound Region who are being negatively impacted by ever-increasing air traffic, noise and pollution. North Seattle and the cities of Shoreline, Kenmore, Edmonds, Lake Forest Park and Bothell are all represented.

Since about 2015, air traffic over the entire region has dramatically increased.

But what really changed life in the north end for the worse was the FAA's decision to route all south-flow SeaTac arrivals down one narrow flight path, a "sacrificial corridor," instead of utilizing many arrival routes over a wide area as had been traditionally done.

This assembly line of planes has resulted in a narrow band of the community being bombarded with all of the air traffic, all of the noise and all of the pollution of arriving planes 65 to 70 percent of the year.

Much of this corridor runs through a natural inversion zone which bounces aircraft noise back down to the ground, resulting in a "double whammy" for residents.

With the recent implementation of the FAA's Wake ReCat program, which shortens distances allowed between aircraft, the frequency of air traffic over the north end has become tortuous for residents under the corridor.

It is now common to hear two commercial jets fly overhead within the same minute! 
South-bound traffic arriving into SeaTac Airport does so for hours at a time with barely any silence between planes, day after day after day, from early in the morning until well after midnight.

Add to that the recent start-up of commercial traffic out of Paine Field, flights that are frequently at 2000 to 3000 feet to accommodate SeaTac traffic, and Kenmore Air seaplane traffic which is often as low as 800 feet.

The creation of NENANG followed a series of community meetings called by Shoreline resident Jean Hilde after her many attempts to seek help from elected officials failed.

In September 2018, Jean acquired the system which reports airplane noise at the push of a button. Since then, she has filed over 5,600 noise complaints with SeaTac and Paine Field.

Join NENANG by sending an email to Jean Hilde, or by visiting North End Neighbors Airplane Noise Group at Google Groups.


Anonymous,  October 16, 2019 at 5:17 PM  

What can be done to stop this narrow path the SeaTac airport is now using?

The SeaTac airport flight path changed the day the Everett field started hosting commercial flights back in March. How can such a massive change that effects citizen's health occur without even a vote from our city? I live in Lake Forest Park and we had barely had any air traffic before March. Now planes are flying over every minute. What can be done to fight this?

Katherine January 23, 2020 at 8:56 PM  

Anonymous, I would really like to talk to you. I have tried to figure out why, having lived in NE Seattle at 117th N and 20th NE for 5 and a half years, I never heard any jet noise until last summer. Now you may have told me why. Do you know for certain that the flight path changed with the opening of Everett field? If so, how do you know? Is this something we can prove? Because if so, the FAA would have had to have done an environmental impact study before doing so and I doubt it did . . . This could mean that the FAA is subject to a law suit. please contact me at save our skies seattle facebook page or here!

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