Several thousand additional Waltham residents would be subjected to the noise of aircraft flying over them under a proposed plan to alter landing approach routes for planes heading toward Logan Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s proposal would essentially change air route navigation for runway 33L to a satellite-guided system, according to a copy of the proposal The chage would subject 6,584 additional Waltham residents to aircraft noise, according to a copy of the proposal.
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However, the increase levels do not meet the requirement to be considered in the final decision.
“The proposed procedure would improve safety and efficiency at Logan Airport and has been designed as close as possible as an overlay to the current conventional flight departure procedure for Runway 33L,” FAA spokesman Jim Peters told the told the State House News Service.
Also, 4,079 Arlington additional residents and 5,809 additional Winchester residents would also be impacted by the proposal. Around 2,604 Belmont residents and 1,511 Watertown residents would also fall under the new route proposal. In Newton, 483 fewer residents would hear aircraft noise.
Final plans are expected to go into affect on March 7. By 2015, 80 percent of Logan’s aircraft fleet would be using the new guidance system, according to the according to the State House News Service.
The FAA is accepting public comments through Feb. 15.
For more information on the proposal, visit its website.