STEELE CREEK NEWS
Paths Disperse Noise over Steele Creek
(August 6, 2016) On July 21, the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) implemented Phase 3 of their plan to
disperse noise created by airplanes arriving at and departing from
Charlotte Douglas Airport. Since the airport is located at
the north edge of Steele Creek, our community is significantly
affected by airplane noise.
The map below shows dispersed
departure paths towards the southwest resulting from Phase 1, which
was implemented on October 15, 2015. The dispersed departure paths to
the southeast were the result of Phase 2, which was
implemented on May 31, 2016. The purple shading shows the
projected dispersed path area for flights departing more
directly south that were expected after Phase 3 implementation on July
These patterns reflect departures during south flow airport operations.
The changes also affected south flow arrivals as well as arrivals and
departures when the airport is in north flow operations. The flow
changes so that airplanes are taking off and landing into the wind
as much as possible. The airport is on a north flow 55% of the time
and on a south flow 45% of the time.
information is available on the
Public Engagement web site. On that page are links to the
Charlotte Metroplex Phase 3 Update presentation given at
the public engagement session on July 13 and
Phase 3 Radar Tracks maps.
FAA dispersing Charlotte Douglas departures to scatter jet
noise in the Charlotte Observer July 14,
2016. As the Observer reported, "The older, more narrow flight path
sent flight directly south before turning west, almost directly over
the Yorkshire neighborhood off of South Tryon Street. Under the new
plan, many flights will make their turn to the west sooner, around
the time the planes cross Interstate 485."
If you are
experiencing excessive airplane noise, especially if you experienced a change
after July 21, you may file a complaint as
1) Use the Noise Complaint Form website
in a complaint to: 704-359-HEAR (4327)
3) Mail a
Kevin M. Hennessey
Community Programs Manager
PO Box 19066
Charlotte, NC 28219
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