Tribal complaints cause delay in flight path changes

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Posted: March 11, 2018 / Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News

Ahwatukee residents must wait a little longer for some noise relief with a change in flight paths for incoming and outgoing traffic at Sky Harbor International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration has delayed the first step of its two-phased change in westerly flights from March 29 until May 24.

“Implementation of the proposed southwest departure corridor is pending further consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act so that the FAA can address certain issues that have been raised during this process,” the FAA said.

“To that end, we will be continuing consultation with the tribes, with your office and with the other consulting parties on the southern departure routes,” the letter stated.

City Councilman Michael Nowakowski said the delay involved “ongoing environmental and historical consultation with the tribal Community.”

“Critical to reverting back to the 2014 routes is the FAA’s strict adherences to all applicable laws and community outreach and consultation with the Tribal agencies,” he said.

“I know it is disappointing to residents of the Laveen community that these route changes will trail the other route changes,” Nowakowski said

“However, it is required that the FAA communicate with the Tribal community. The FAA has made good progress with the tribal agencies in the consultation process and we will soon be back to the pre-2014 flight paths.”

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