THE FOLLOWING MEETINGS WERE HELD AS SCHEDULED. PLEASE READ THE OUTCOME OF THE MEETINGS ON THIS SITES HOME PAGE.
FAA STEP TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS/WORKSHOPS
SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 22ND, 23RD AND 24TH, 2019
When the FAA lost the law suit that the City of Phoenix and the Historic Districts filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Court ruled that the FAA was "arbitrary and capricious" and that it ".....vacate the September 18, 2014 order implementing the new flight routes and procedures at Sky Harbor International Airport, and remand the matter to the FAA for further proceedings consistent with this opinion." This meant the entire process the FAA used to implement NextGen at Sky Harbor was illegal and to be reversed. Since Phoenix and the Historic Districts were only concerned with the effect of the new western flight paths, the FAA negotiated with those parties, and then the Court agreed, to limit the ruling to apply only to nine (9) westbound flight routes. The FAA promptly and safely changed those flight paths back to their original locations via a Step One process. The Court ruling required the FAA to hold public meetings via a Step Two process to discuss the comments received during Step One meetings and to ".....inform the public of alternatives being considered....". The FAA says it is not presenting alternatives for other routes in its announcement, but will accept comments at the meetings and on-line regarding other public issues with NextGen processes and flight paths. (See the full FAA announcement below)
It is crucial that residents affected and concerned with the FAA's NextGen safety and lifestyle impacts on our communities attend the meetings to voice their concerns and to submit written comments to the FAA regarding those concerns. Since any flight path changes are at the FAA's discretion, a high volume of comments that are respectful but passionate are necessary to send a strong message to the FAA that NextGen's negative impacts on our communities must be reversed. Please plan to attend the meetings to talk with FAA representatives and to submit your comments. Comment forms will be available at the meetings and the web address to submit on-line comments will be posted on this website when available.
CLICK HERE to review a suggested "to do" list when attending the meetings.
Below is the announcement and schedule the FAA has provided:
FAA STEP TWO MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT -- PHOENIX (PHX)
As part of the community involvement process and in partnership and collaboration with the City of Phoenix, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is planning to hold public workshops in April. These workshops will be in accordance with Step Two of the agreement the agency entered into with the City of Phoenix and certain historic neighborhood associations following the decision in City of Phoenix, Arizona v. Huerta, 869 F.3d 963 (D.C. Circuit 2017).
The purpose of the April workshops is to discuss comments received during the public workshops and comment period associated with Step One, provide information about the recent implementation of Step One and to accept any additional comments for the FAA to consider in Step Two. The FAA reviewed and analyzed the previously received comments and has begun considering potential airspace changes not addressed by the implementation of west flow departures routes under Step One. Additionally, the FAA will review and analyze comments received at the April workshops and during the comment period, as well as those previously received. Based on the comments and other factors such as operational safety and efficiency, the FAA may initiate new airspace changes and complete an environmental review in accordance with applicable federal laws and FAA orders. The FAA recognizes the importance and value of public input and will consider comments received. However, the FAA is not committing to make changes as a result of this input. The decision to implement potential airspace or route changes during Step Two will be at the FAA's sole discretion.
The workshops will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be open-house format, where attendees can arrive anytime during the posted times. The workshops will include display of public comments received in relation to flightpath corridors. Subject matter experts will be available to answer questions you may have and assist you in providing the FAA feedback on current airspace concerns. The comment period is from April 24, 2019 to May 23, 2019. The FAA will also post all workshop materials to the project website on April 24th. Comments submitted at the workshops or through the FAA's project website at during the comment period:
The workshop schedule is:
Public Workshop #1
April 22, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Desert Vista High School
16440 S 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Public Workshop #2
April 23, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Pinnacle High School
3535 E Mayo Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Public Workshop #3
April 24, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cesar Chavez High School
3921 W Baseline Rd
Laveen, AZ 85339