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More Logan Airport Aircraft Noise For Waltham?

Airplanes heading toward Logan Airport in Boston could bring more noise to Waltham residents.

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.

In the comments section below, tell us what you think about the proposal? 

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.

Jen P February 04, 2013 at 09:25 PM
North Waltham?
Tina February 05, 2013 at 08:02 AM
I hope the Patch clarifies which area of Waltham will be affected. I live in North Waltham, and we are already subjected to the noise of aircraft (helicopters and fixed-wing planes) approaching and leaving Hanscom in Bedford. Just the other night, a plane flew scarily low over our neighborhood! I object to the FAA's proposal, more for safety reasons than because of the noise, although I do object to the noise. Can the Patch please provide the address of the FAA where we can send comments?
Tina February 05, 2013 at 08:59 AM
I answered one of my own questions by clicking on the "visit its website" link in the above article. It provides the name and address of the FAA person to whom we can send comments or objections. Just do it before February 15!
David Kehs February 05, 2013 at 06:17 PM
It's more like East Waltham, Jen P. The report contains a lot of details. The change involves planes taking off from Logan rather than those about to land (as implied by the sub-heading of this article). Planes using Runway 33L will head for a point over Medford and then follow one of serveral flight paths, depending on their final destinations. Two of those flight paths go right over Waltham. [See Figure 2-5 of the report.] The blue areas in Figure 4-3 of the report show which neighborhoods will be exposed to noise in the 45-50 DNL (Day-Night Average Sound Level) range. For Waltham, it looks like this includes the Warrendale neighborhood and the area around River street. For comparison, Figure 4-1 shows the current levels. In that figure the blue area stops at about the Waltham-Watertown boundary. It looks like those of us who live in the far northwest corner of the city will be spared the impact of this change. But we'll still have to put up with all those helicopters coming out of Hanscom.

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