Growth and modernization at Logan International Airport have led to changes that are becoming more and more noticeable in the daily lives of Medford citizens. Over the past 10 years, two changes in particular have affected residents significantly. In 2007, the quantity of departure operations from runway 33L doubled. In 2013, new procedures, which utilize precision satellite-based navigation known as Area Navigation, or RNAV, came into force.
RNAV flight procedures concentrate aircraft tracks into narrow corridors, termed the “rail effect” by FAA.
Complaints from surrounding communities, including Medford, have prompted the FAA and Massport to study changes to navigation procedures for the purpose of reducing impacts from aircraft overflight noise, while at the same time maintaining the safety and efficiency of operations at Logan airport.
“We recognize that the increased jet noise throughout the City has been consistent and disruptive to our residents,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “I want to thank Congresswoman Clark for her diligence in supporting us as we try to reach a resolution with both the FAA and Massport. In addition, Peter Houk and Luke Preisner, Medford resident appointees serving on the Logan Airport Community Advisory Committee, have been committed in their efforts to find a sustainable outcome that will ultimately improve the overall quality of life for our community.”
A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Transportation Building at 10 Park Plaza in Boston, for the study team to provide an overview of the initial study scope and share a high-level project plan. Concerned citizens are encouraged to attend. There will be a process for addressing public questions and feedback at the hearing.
Additional details will be made available by Massport and can be found at https://www.massport.com/media/421740/Massport-RNAV-Hearing-Notice-for-February-22-2017.pdf