There has been an increase in aircraft noise in your neighborhood throughout the City for the last few years and we have identified why: The growth and modernization at Logan International Airport have led to changes which are becoming more and more noticeable in the daily lives of Medford citizens as well as surrounding communities.
Over the past 10 years, two changes have affected residents significantly. In 2007, the number of departures from runway 33L doubled. In 2013, new procedures which utilize precision satellite-based navigation known as Area Navigation, or RNAV, came into practice.
RNAV flight procedures concentrate aircraft tracks, and therefore noise and air pollution, into narrow corridors. Complaints from surrounding communities, including Medford, have prompted the FAA and Massport to study changes to navigation procedures for reducing impacts from aircraft overflight noise, while at the same time maintaining the safety and efficiency of operations at Logan airport.
On Monday, May 8 at 7 PM, at Medford City Hall in the Council Chambers, there will be an informational public meeting for citizens who want to know more about the aircraft noise issue and what they can do about it. Topics covered will include RNAV procedures, noise metrics, and online flight tracking and noise complaint tools. The meeting will be led by Medford’s representative on the Massport Community Advisory Committee, Peter Houk, and Luke Preisner, Medford’s representative on the Logan Community Advisory Committee.