Long Island: FAA postpones change intended to provide aircraft noise relief

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Updated: Jun 20, 2019 3:21 PM PDT

ALBERTSON – The Federal Aviation Administration has postponed a change that was intended to alleviate aircraft noise.

U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi announced a deal Monday with the FAA that would require planes to stay at higher altitudes over Long Island. But just a few days later, the agency reversed course, claiming the change has to be postponed so the matter can be studied.

Lorie Bratt, of the group Plane Sense 4 LI, says the big announcement earlier this week was nothing but hot air from politicians and the FAA.

But Suozzi points the finger squarely at aviation officials, writing: “This is another example of how the broken bureaucracy of the FAA refuses to implement changes that actually help alleviate the air traffic noise problem faced by people on the ground.”

The new regulations were originally scheduled to go into effect on June 24. But now, the FAA has not said when or even if any changes will be made.

The FAA declined an interview with News 12.