Burien Successfully Challenges FAA SeaTac Flight Path Change

May 16, 2017

A King 5 news report announced a decision by the FAA to stop a 2016 SeaTac flight path change that resulted in a dramatic increase in jet traffic over Burien. Due to extensive community outcry in conjunction with strong support from the City of Burien, the FAA backed down. See "Burien Declares Victory In Battle with FAA Over Flight Noise". for additional information and to access the report.

According to a February 14, 2017 petition filed on behalf of the City of Burien in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by attorneys Matthew Adams and Jessica Duggan from Dentons US LLP law firm in San Francisco,

"In the summer of 2016, without notice to the City or its residents, the FAA began experimenting with the New Route, resulting in significant noise impacts to parks, schools, residential neighborhoods, and other noise-sensitive areas...The City and its residents have suffered - and will continue to suffer - significant adverse impacts as a result of the FAA's New Route."

See http://burienwa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6913 to review petition. An additional media report on this topic is available at http://q13fox.com/2017/04/17/burien-sues-faa-to-stop-flights-overhead.

Congratulations to the Quiet Skies Coalition of Burien and the City of Burien for mounting this successful challenge.

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