Airport Community Roundtable Essays

During the June 7th 2017 Airport Community Roundtable, airport representative Stuart Hair stated the ACR members were selected by several criteria; one of which was comparison of ‘essays’ provided by the applicants.

Point of fact; there was/is no ‘essay’ requirement. What Mr. Hair was referring to was the bottom form field titled  Questions/Comments.

Below are the contents from that field as supplied by the applicants that were accepted and are now members of the ACR. I’m not including personal identifying information about any of the applicants. That information is available by filing a North Carolina Open Records Request here. The meeting Agendas, Presentations, Summary Minutes and Meeting Recordings can be accessed here.

The following content is unedited and is as submitted:

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I’ve lived in my home for 12 years and have seen the increased air traffic over that period. I’m interested in solutions to problem, not just complaining about it.

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It would be an honor to serve. I can’t speak for everyone, but I can speak to my network, and am influential. Communication is a key to understanding. I am a Advanced Communicator with Toastmasters International, and have M.S. Degree in Engineering. I’ve worked in Aerospace Field, and in a Corporate University setting, in Organizational Development and understand Change Leadership. Besides that I love to work with people to find a positive outcome, and currently run a successful business in Charlotte that helps local companies grow.

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To help improve quality of life for Charlotte – Mecklenburg residents without damaging the airport authority revenues.

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Our family of 6 has been affected by recent changes in flight paths.  I have experience in business, law and logistics.

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Have lived in CLT 31 years; worked for Mecklenburg County 29 years. Currently serve on Park & Rec Commission. Reside in Mountainbrook near Southpark, newly impacted by Nextgen departure changes.

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I have been a member of the Charlotte community for almost 20 years, and a  homeowner in the Northwest corridor for 16 years.  I believe Charlotte is a great city that offers a good quality of life.  I’ve reached out to the FAA as well as representatives of Charlotte-Douglas as I’ve noticed that air traffic noise has greatly increased in my area.  If there is anything I can do to serve my neighbors to get better understanding of the change in air traffic patterns or possibly help to come a compromise, I’m willing to do that.

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I would like to relay info regarding the increase in jet noise over the Olde Whitehall and surrounding neighborhoods. I would also like info on mitigation services as well. 

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Thirty year resident of Charlotte who loves the city. I am very concerned about the increasing aircraft noise over my neighborhood so I have emailed with Mr. Cagle and Mr. Hennessey. I feel if we as citizens do not speak up and be willing to participate to bring about solutions then we should not complain. I am a positive, MBA educated, empty nester who would love to help find win/win solutions for our city.

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I was born in Charlotte in 1955 and have lived in the city for most of my life.  I have seen the city grow along with the airport.  I appreciate both the economic prosperity as well as the impact on the quality of life resulting from the tremendous growth.  I desire to participate in finding balanced solutions to the negative effects of noise resulting from the ever increasing air traffic.

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As VP of Overlook HOA, a 412 home subdivision, I would like to be a partner with FAA to find solutions for aircraft noise at the Charlotte Airport. My Masters in Urban/Regional Planning might be of benefit in making Charlotte both attractive to future business and co-existing with current residents.

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My neighborhood is directly affected by airport noise.  However, I am also a frequent user of CLT and appreciate the convenience and numerous flight options.  I am interested in becoming more knowledgeable of the airport and its operations so I can intelligently advocate for both our communities and the airport.

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Over the last 50 years, I have witness the incredible growth of our “local” airport.  As a business owner I can attest to the value of an airport of this caliber.  And as a homeowner, landowner and landlord I can attest to the financial impact of flight noise zones.  

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I am a 6 year resident of Davidson and have served on it Livability Board, as well as regularly volunteering now with Ada Jenkins, DCPC, and the college. I am committed to the town’s core principles and greatly value the quality of life we enjoy in Davidson.

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I am a very active citizen of the Mt Holly Community in Gaston Co., VP at the Mt Holly Community Garden and PTA Board member. I am fully committed to making our city better place to be. I am excited for the possibilty to work as a team to troubleshoot one of our our community’s biggest issues, air traffic noise.  Living directly under a flight path, I personally have been impacted and would love the opportunity to give improtant, honest feedback to help create a positve solution for all involved.  Contact me anytime to discuss 704-898-7300.  

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Spoken to countless residents in my neighborhood and around lake Norman about the plane noise and as someone who works in strategy I think I can help

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I have been a resident in the airport area for over thirty-five years.  I’ve seen and felt the growth of the airport industry. Unfortunately,  I’ve also experienced the noise from the aircrafts for too many years.  Many contacts with airport officials have also been made over the years in this regard.  I would like to serve on this committee as I am committed to my neighborhood and surrounding area.

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I am an active member of the town of Pineville, sitting on the Planning & Zoning Board. I have represented the town as a member of the CMS Board of Education. I pastor a church near the airport which makes me aware of noise and neighborhood issues surrounding the airport.

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I moved to the Giverny neighbordhood in Southpark/Charlotte in late 2001. I am the original owner of my home. I love Charlotte and have been involved in several initiatives, most notably creating The Patriot Gala, the first Charlotte fundraiser for military wounded, in 2006. Our original efforts helped grow the USO in the CLT Douglas airport. I grew up in Germany, where my father founded and operated the first air charter company for GI’s stationed there. Unsold seats from TWA and PanAm were sold to the military and their dependents at deep discounts. Our social circle was the airline industry. I have always loved the quiet and solitude of my property that is flanked by a creek and lots of trees. It has been one of the greatest assets of my purchase. Recently that changed with overhead noise at waking up and going to sleep hours. It was alarming and I left complaints. There is also a pretty active Next Door thread in our community about it. Clearly some are being impacted by this much more than others. It would be my pleasure to serve on this roundtable and since I own my own business, I will be available for meetings.

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I travel out of CLT many times a year and have a strong interest in its growth and success.  I believe the airport is crucial for the overall progress of Charlotte, Matthews and surrounding area.  And I believe that my perspective as a frequent flyer and my son being a pilot is a plus, and my being a long-time resident of Matthews.

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I have committed to my neighborhood by organizing different groups and contributing to the betterment of my surrounding neighborhoods and the City of Charlotte.  I’m currently the President of the neighborhood  association.  With Charlotte Douglas being the 5th busiest airport in the nation, operated by the City of Charlotte I feel a great interest in the future.  I also feel citizens should be part of the solutions not the problems.

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The ACR is a perfect opportunity to utilize the skills I have been fortunate to gain during my tenure as President of the Farmcreat Community Neighborhood Association and apply those skills to an area of growing interest for our city as we continue to develop communities near the CLT airport

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As a retired American Airlines Captain (Sept 2015) that was based in Charlotte since 1992 I have a working knowledge of Charlotte’s air traffic control and ground control operations.  During my 36-year airline career I flew domestic and international routes and are familiar with the FAA.  My experience offers a unique perspective.

 

WARNING : NEXTGEN : This Is NOT A Test

WARNING : NEXTGEN / Performance Navigation

This Is NOT A Test

(Special warning for Charlotte, NC; the area experience that generated this article.)

If you live within a thirty mile radius of a major airport. Then you MUST read this! You and your family’s life, home, health, property values, and more are in grave danger from a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implementation of an aircraft GPS navigation system called NextGen (aka Performance Navigation). Living in a NextGen corridor is almost impossible; read on.

Dozens of medical studies indicate that exposure to jet noise may contribute to any or all of the following problems. Remember!; these studies were completed BEFORE NextGen was rolled out. NextGen cannot possibly do anything other than act as a multiplier of previous study results:

  1. PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
  2. Increased risk of coronary heart disease over normal rates
    1. 60% in men & 80% in women
  3. Increased risk of diabetes
  4. Increased risk of heart attack
    1. each 10 dB rise in jet noise equals a minimum 3.5% increase in hospital cardiac admissions
  5. Increased risk of severe depression
  6. Damage to children’s cognitive abilities
  7. Damage to or loss of hearing
  8. Sleep deprivation leading to health problems, job disruption or loss, and other symptoms/results
  9. Increased risk of domestic violence
  10. Increased risk of substance abuse
  11. Property value collapse
  12. And more ……..

A NextGen corridor is formed when aircraft use GPS coordinates to fly just like an automobile does on the road.

A highway is a very static route for vehicles; its installed path may change, but very slowly over time and with plenty of advanced notice.

A NextGen corridor however can change from one minute to the next based on the whims of flight traffic control. Imagine the Greek Hydra as a metaphor for NextGen corridors and their unpredictability and lethality. If you’ve lived in the same location for your entire life and never had a jet noise problem; NextGen may have a Hydra heading your way tomorrow. I promise you it’s a bad dream you will never forget. Highway construction includes compensation for those losing property in its path. NextGen gets to destroy you for free.

ANYONE in a thirty mile radius of a NextGen airport can easily become a NextGen victim. Gone are the days of “when you live in line with a runway you will have to tolerate jet noise”. NextGen makes everyone a potential victim. You can become one simply because the airlines woke up one morning and found that a five degree shift of a corridor would save them a penny a gallon on fuel. You can go to bed on Tuesday and wake up on Wednesday and watch your lifestyle destroyed and your property investment cut by 50% or more before the day is out.

And, thirty miles is not an exaggeration. The Charlotte Douglas International Airport has received complaints from as far out as Lincolnton, NC; twenty eight miles.

Another negative aspect of NextGen is that it holds flights at lower altitudes for much longer periods assuring ground dwellers much lengthier experiences of discomfort. Departures have been observed remaining at altitudes of 3 to 4000 feet over Franklin Square in Gastonia, NC; twelve miles from  Charlotte Douglas International Airport. I watch them fly low, slow and level over my home every day now, showing no aspiration for altitude; in a line, one every 30 seconds, for hours on end. From the dawn of time to December 13, 2014 my property had never been disturbed by jet noise; the Hydra is here.

If you don’t want this terror hanging around your neighborhood then now is the time to tell anyone and everyone about this danger. You must stand up now or you’ll have no one else to blame when NextGen takes your life away.

Good luck; beware the Hydra hiding in your local airport.

PS:

  • I’m not a Luddite; I work in IT.
  • I’m not against air travel.
  • I think NextGen is a reasonable attempt at improving aviation but it appears to have been developed with a complete disregard to surface dwelling human beings. The airspace belongs to all of us; or at least it should, even though now it appears to be the sole domain of the airline industry and we beneath it are expendable in the face of their profits. Unfortunately the USDOT and the FAA who are supposed to promote the health and wellbeing of the American citizenry first aren’t willing to do so. Neither it seems are the political representatives we send to the legislative branch and President Obama and USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx are good friends so no help is coming form that quarter either.
  • I’m not an advocate of dismantling NextGen but I am strongly opposed to its disregard for earth’s inhabitants and promote redesign to incorporate measures to safeguard our health and wellbeing here on the ground.

Follow us on Twitter @stopcltnoise.

NextGen : An Assault Weapon & Torture Device

To:

Mr. Anthony Foxx

Secretary of Transportation

U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590

Anthony.Foxx@dot.gov

And:

Michael P. Huerta

Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20591

Michael.Huerta@faa.gov

RE: NextGen

Gentlemen,

NextGen appears to have been designed without regard for human life on the surface of our planet. NextGen is a wonderful technological achievement where benefits abound; to certain individuals and business entities. However, it is also an assault weapon and a torture device and will without doubt destroy the lives & goals of thousands of American citizens; your neighbors. In fact it has already begun to do so for many and the evidence of its negative influence on surface dwellers is becoming visible fact.

Here are just two of thousands of your American neighbor’s stories:

There are literally dozens of medical studies performed by various well known organizations such as the German EPA, the NIH, WHO, British Medical Journal and others detailing the negative health effects of jet noise. Most importantly of note is that these studies were performed before NextGen. NextGen takes the old high noise problems and drastically focuses them on a narrow corridor and in a lot of cases where no jet noise existed previously. Imagine how much more common and greater these very few examples will be in a NextGen corridor:

  • Every 10dB increase results in 3.5% or higher cardiac admissions
  • High decibel jet noise can increase coronary heart disease 60% in men & 80% in women
  • Jet noise can cause cognitive learning skills damage in children

I very much wish you gentlemen could experience trying to survive in a NextGen corridor. I can tell you that there are moments when life just doesn’t seem worth living; the frustration is beyond imagination.

Try living under a stream of low altitude, accelerating passenger jet aircraft; one every thirty seconds for hours on end and often late into the night. I can attest that you will experience wanting to pull out your hair, mood swings from barely getting by to deep depression, anger over having to leave your home to find periods of rest, a constant, pervasive “mind twitch” during periods of calm where one repeats over and over; “when is the next plane” or “why haven’t they started yet” or “oh, is that one coming now” and worse when one begins to think an overflight is happening when it isn’t.

When KCLT chooses southern operations our community is relatively free of loud flights. During that free day one becomes a watcher, always a piece of one’s mind reaching out to see if they’re starting yet; waking several times during the night wondering when it will begin again; repeatedly checking FlightAware to see if you’re next. They call this Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). NextGen is fertilizing a new crop of PTSD amidst a large number of the civilian population as we speak. It will get much worse as numbers of flights increase and more runways built.

These foreseen results wouldn’t be quick but if the CIA had patience they could lock a person in a box and simulate a NextGen departure environment and it wouldn’t be long before the inmate was willing to talk or became a slavering imbecile. I can assure you a sane life would no longer be an option for them.

I recently thought of another example that can describe what NextGen is bringing to innocent surface dwellers across America and I believe strongly the results will be very similar from the example to the lives lived in a NextGen corridor.

Imagine if one were to place a prison directly under a NextGen corridor. It’s not difficult to imagine a very rapid change in the behavior of the inmates. Like rats trapped in a cage and abused, one would observe:

  • Within the first week a rise in drug abuse
  • Within the first two weeks a rise in inmate on inmate violence
  • Within the first month a rise in suicide rates
  • Within the first sixty to 90 days prison riots

The current victims of NextGen corridors may be less trapped than an inmate but they are under the very same inputs and one can expect very similar results just over a more lengthened period; affecting more social structures and worst of all children. NextGen may already have blood on its hands:

  • Within the first three months a rise in suicide rates and drug/alcohol abuse
  • Within the first six months a rise in domestic violence and higher crime rates

While us NextGen victims can escape the NextGen corridor for short periods of time; jobs, entertainment, other away from home activities, etc., the effects of the NextGen corridor will still accumulate over time. We can nearly no more abandon our mortgages, our jobs, our families and our communities than an inmate can escape from prison.

And let’s not forget that a NextGen corridor may be moved where the process will begin on a fresh new set of victims in a different neighborhood. Over time large portions of a city could be destroyed. I have zero doubts that NextGen is capable of and will create NextGen zones of abandoned homes; long strips of slum like conditions.

I’m fairly certain the airline companies wish NextGen victims would just die or leave and that is exactly what will happen if NextGen isn’t modified.

So, considering all the negatives I’ve discussed above and the many more I have not; is NextGen as great an achievement as originally thought or does it need to be taken back to the drawing board and more surface-human friendly attributes designed into it? Please, we NextGen corridor victims are begging you to reconsider; our very lives are at stake!

Vision Letter to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (Zero Response)

To:

Mr. Anthony Foxx

Secretary of Transportation

U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590

 

Dear Secretary Foxx.

 

Regarding:

The dumping of jet noise by the FAA and Charlotte Douglas Internal Airport (KCLT) on a, previously near jet noise free, low income, highly senior citizen populated, neighborhood; the Catawba Heights area; a blend of Mount Holly (also greatly affected) and Belmont, NC citizens in Gaston County.

 

Introduction:

I’m the keyboard behind the @StopCLTNoise account on Twitter. I am also a resident of the Catawba Heights community; sandwiched in between the city limits of Mount Holly and Belmont, NC.

As a direct recipient of the KCLT jet noise assault it is my goal to seek methods whereby our community is returned to its former quiet, peaceful state or negotiate methods of acceptable remediation. I have some suggestions I will detail later in this document describing the means of achieving these goals.

I also wish to state at the outset that the saying “if you live near an airport you’ll hear jet noise” is an undeniable fact. Even truer is that this fact applies most directly to anyone choosing to live directly in-line with the runways of an airport. I see no reason those living to the sides should be overly inconvenienced by it. I’ll detail a solution in a moment.

As previously stated; our area has never been high in jet noise and in the nine years I have lived here, to hear an annoying jet aircraft traversal was an exceedingly rare event. That is one reason I chose this location to build, what I intended to be my retirement – end of life years retirement home. I expect to soon have a dataset resulting from an FAA FOIA request; data necessary to identify the past location of the noise we now endure. Even absent that data I can verify from direct experience that the current noise did not reside here in Catawba Heights and state categorically that there is no good or fair reason it should have moved here. For the record I also expect this data to put paid to the lies foisted on the public by the FAA and US Airways that ‘nothing has changed since 1979’. To make these statements to the public via news media when they know NextGen implementation, happening all around us, is the cause and the changes are real, is inexcusable!

Executive Summary:

There are some problems inherent with NextGen as it applies to KCLT. Lacking inside information it took me a while to identify them, an aviation engineer should have been able to predict them rather easily I think. I’ll never know, nor do I really care, why that did not occur to the designers. One thing is obvious; no one took seriously the nature of the flora, fauna and humans that existed on the surface below their airspace.

  • The KCLT NextGen ‘racetrack’, the stretched, open-ended oval created by arrival streams is too tight. This results in the departure pattern being kept close to the surface out as far as 15 miles or so. This low speed, low altitude departure process is the root of our noise problem. It is also a passenger safety hazard as any pilot knows that speed and altitude is a jet’s best friend. Passenger jets don’t glide and are very hard to recover when low and slow. They’re also not as fuel efficient as they are at high altitude. One could reduce noise by and improve passenger safety by: stretching and widening of the ‘racetrack’.
  • There is a better way:
    • Close the ‘racetrack’ loop.
    • What’s good for arrival merge is good for departure dispersion.

Remediation Options:

The drawing at the end of this document visually describes what I’m about to propose in general terms. I’ll readily admit I am not an aviation design engineer so what I propose is strictly generalized.

A vision for the future of KCLT, ‘General’ Aviation Rules for KCLT Traffic:

  1. Extend a line describing the path of a runway ~25 miles in both directions.
  2. Disallow any arriving or departing jet aircraft to descend below ~10,000’ outside a corridor .5 miles either side of the line.
  3. Discourage any future residential construction within the one mile corridor described in rule 2 for the length required for the entrance or departure of jet aircraft.
  4. Encourage only commercial construction within the one mile corridor described in rule 2 for the length required for the entrance or departure of jet aircraft.

Applicable Notes:

  • This automatically widens the ‘racetrack’ to infinity by limiting passenger jet activity to above 10,000 feet over the vast majority of residents.
  • This automatically closes the racetrack’ loop by creating the opposite of an arrival merge fix; a departure dispersion fix.
  • Utilize as much runway for departures as possible as this gets the aircraft to a departure dispersion fix faster.
  • Generally, don’t let anything below 10,000’ unless it is lined up on the runway to arrive or depart.
  • Obviously rules can be broken for traffic required wave offs, emergencies, etc.
  • Require departure streams to cross above arrival streams
  • In the short term these options would limit noise to properties chosen by its owner to be in line with a runway.
  • In the long term the noise would only affect commercial enterprises that don’t care about the noise.
  • I’d estimate these rules would put the beginning arrival merge and departure dispersal fixes approximately ten miles from the airport.
  • This should be easily adaptable with NextGen.
  • This increases passenger safety.
  • I don’t know if this would work for other airports.
  • Most importantly this would constrict any noise problems to a confined area and promote a future with little need for noise complaints

Comments Submission to FAA Environmental Assessment for KCLT

Ignored. FAA chose not to respond. As far as I know no one else received a receipt response.

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CLT OAPM EA

Eastern Service Center

Operations Support Group

FAA Southern Regional Office

1701 Columbia Ave.

College Park, GA 30337

9-ASO-ATO-CLTOAPM@faa.gov

RE:

  • Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA)
  • Charlotte Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (CLT OAPM) project

Dear Madam/Sirs;

I have a lot to say on this topic. Unfortunately the Draft EA contains hundreds of thousands of words and non-civilian-manageable datasets. I, like probably 90% of the residents your activities have impacted, and will into the future, have neither the time nor skills to analyze it fully. Therefore I will just express my concerns, both emotion and evidence driven, as coherently as possible.

The emotional drivers of my comments:

  • In 2005 I found the parcel of property I’d been searching for over several years. It met every requirement I had and more. But primarily it met the criteria of negligible to near zero jet noise. When I moved to Charlotte I lived on Olde Whitehall Road which is close to and in line with runway 18L/36R. The noise there was deafening. Funny how each time the real estate agent showed the home there was no jet traffic. I learned the hard way to research jet traffic personally before buying property.
  • So I was able to live the next 9 years a success story regarding peace and quiet. Then, in one single day, December 13, 2014, the City of Charlotte, NC, the Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration destroyed thousands of personal man hours of labor, thousands of dollars of material investment and the hopes and dreams of a retirement home for my final years which would have included ceramic and metal artistry, maintenance of 6.5 acres of woodland animal habitat along with many hours of reading and napping on one of the two open porches I constructed on my home. The incessant jet noise these three entities decided to assault me with, without concern or compassion, stopped dead in their tracks every plan I had. Now at 62 I have to decide if there is enough time and money to start over.
  • While I speak of these events from a personal perspective I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that what these entities have done and are going to do to me they are also doing to untold numbers of others like me; most of which are low income families and retirees.
  • Worst of all; none of this is necessary as I’ll explain in a later section.

The technical drivers of my comments.

I maintain that the following items are eligible to be called ‘The Foreign Policy of the Troika” and will result in negative impacts for a small minority of people. And as with any badly designed and implemented foreign policy there will be consequences. I realize most of the designers and implementers of the current KCLT activities will have by then collected their thirty pieces of silver and moved on but those left behind will suffer real, negative consequences:

  • The City Of Mount Holly and it’s southern community of Catawba Heights are taking the brunt of the jet noise dumping project and in fact, given available flight track logging data it appears that nearly 50% of the ~2000 departures from KCLT will be focused on this small area; generally low income communities in a neighboring county. These individuals and businesses who benefit little from KCLT economic benefits will, over time, be wiped out economically. Property values in this area are falling as I write this and solely because of the jet noise dumping.
    • Interestingly the northern residents of Mecklenburg County, who gain from the income KCLT brings in, will be spared the noise. The flight track log maps show in stark relief that this is true. There is even a blatant effort by KCLT to send northbound departure traffic way out of its way to avoid the lake front property owners of Mecklenburg’s Mountain Island Lake area. However, this avoidance effort will include pushing even these departures over Mount Holly and Catawba Heights as well.
  • I don’t for a minute believe these three statements that have been made by the FAA and US Airways representatives regarding the EA: 1) Nothing has changed. 2) This is just a plan. 3) This will lessen the noise.
    • I have filed a FOIA request with the FAA for public access to the flight track log database. I intend to pursue this data no matter the outcome for me personally. This data belongs to the American people and is not classified as the FAA allows private companies to re-sell it back to subscribers. This database will allow us to disprove the three statements above. I know personally from recent experience of going from being able to sleep on the porch to having to wear noise cancelling headphones indoors and not be able to go outside. When this happens overnight it’s not something one can forget. 1) Everything has changed. 2) There is no plan, just implementation. 3) The noise has increased.
  • Numerous studies by renowned institutions like the British Medical Journal, US National Institute of Health, Germany’s Umweltbundesamt and many others, some of which are linked to on the FAA Website, support the following probable negative health impacts the EA will impose on Mount Holly-Catawba Heights’ residents while intentionally and unfairly sparing many in Mecklenburg County:
    • For each 10 dB of noise increase cardiac admissions rise by 3.5% or more; strokes, heart attacks, etc.
      • I can relay to you personally that since this jet noise assault began I’ve:
      • Lost 15 lbs.
      • Untold hours of work and sleep
      • Plus a return to Nitroglycerin for angina pain
    • >60 dB increases male coronary heart disease by 61% in men and 80% in women.
    • Children’s cognitive learning abilities are stunted
    • Increases in the instance of Diabetes
    • Hearing loss
    • Increased obesity
    • The list goes on and includes the not necessarily health impacts of:
      • Alcohol and drug abuse
      • Increased poverty
      • Rises in crime
    • The area surrounding my home is highly populated with wildlife; something rare in a metro area; something to be cherished and guarded. This new noise dumping plan will destroy it. Persistent, high noise, low altitude departures are now flying over it. These resources should be protected:
      • A family of Owls
      • A family of Hawks
      • A family of Falcons
      • A Herd of Deer
      • A family of Foxes
      • A family of Raccoons
      • A family of Coyotes
      • Untold numbers of migratory song birds; Robins, Red Birds, Finches, Jays, etc.
    • Passenger safety is at risk because of the extreme measures taken to drive the departure traffic away from Mecklenburg residents and over the Mount Holly – Catawba Height’s communities. I’m speaking of the 90 degree or more right and left turns that departures are required to perform to attain this noise diversion goal.

What is the problem?

  • I believe the general problem for the City of Mount Holly and the Catawba Heights community is:
    • The new north western quadrant arrival stream is compressing the new river of northern departures making the 90+ degree westerly bank that brings them over our area. This compression forces the departures to maintain 15 nm or greater traversals at low speed and low altitude. This has the resulting combined, devastating effect of focusing the noise into a smaller area. Any living thing in those focus zones must be considered forfeit and expendable by the FAA.
    • When departures are out the south end of the runways the Mount Holly – Catawba Heights areas enjoy a near 95% return to the peace and quiet we have enjoyed over the existence of KCLT. Unfortunately it appears that currently this action is taken maybe once per week and for unknown reasons to the public.

What can be done?

  • Frankly, one has to ask; where was this noise before? It has never existed in the Catawba Heights neighborhood prior to December 2014 that I’m aware of. A local resident might simply ask; why can’t it go back there? The flight track log database will solve this riddle for all time.
  • So a possible solution? How about sharing? I’ve worked in IT for better than 16 years and my experiences with software make it obvious that software can just as easily, and safely, fan air traffic over a very wide area as it can funnel it into a focused, and dangerous, stream of tailgating jets full of hundreds of human beings destroying the lives of the human beings and wildlife living below it. By fanning what noise is generated can be shared across all residents and not just foreign residents of lower income and class.

In conclusion let me state that the ‘plans’ the three entities addressed in this document should cease, arrival and departure traffic patterns returned to, let’s say at least, pre-2014 implementations, and real plans, developed fairly and in conjunction with and inclusive of residents from all affected areas, be developed

Lastly, let me bring your attention to the fact that I was able to complete this document without including vulgarity. I count this as a great achievement on my part given what you have done to me personally already and with how much certainty I feel the worst is yet to come. My achievement is diminished however in that I found that the English language does not contain enough of that language to express how I feel definitively about the City of Charlotte, NC, the Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration. You three have treated my Mount Holly and Catawba Heights neighbors and I with a profound disrespect and disregard. The lack of morality and conscience concerning shown by you three towards the lives of your neighbors across the river often leaves me speechless. I expect this kind of behavior from US Airways and its ilk but the Troika this letter addresses are supposed to represent the people of the United States and the affected locales, and you are disgustingly bereft in your duties to us.

Thank you,