Some points from the airplane-noise discussion:
- Residents perceive airplane noise to be getting worse, both during the evening and late at night. Airplane noise is seriously affecting residents' quality of life.
- Repair of the main runway began on May 16 of this year and is scheduled to finish by the end of this year. The main runway repair closes the main runaway from 11pm to 6am. All aircraft use an alternate runway that causes most flight traffic landing going south or departing going north to pass directly over Rosslyn on a radial flight line. The completion of the runway repair will result in less aircraft traffic over Rosslyn from 11pm to 6am.
- A new aircraft flight departure procedure, called Laser-1 after none other than Bob Laser, who has worked for five years in implementing it, will put flights on an automatic navigation path along the river. This departure procedure is planned to go into effect in April of next year. It will result in most aircraft departures staying over the river.
- National Airport places significant demands on pilot flight skills. Flying along the river, while taking care to avoid the strictly restricted airspace (P-56) about the White House and Capitol, requires pilots to execute tight turns. The new Laser-1 procedure will allow this navigation to be automated.
- Major national political and economic interests push for more flights out of National Airport. Local representative have a tough time fighting against these interests.
- Weather conditions outside the DC area effect the density of flights into National on any given day. Particular traffic circumstances on a particular day can cause a heavy volume of flights using runways that require a direct pass over Rosslyn.
- The RAFOM neighborhood is about 2 miles from the end of the runways. Aircraft descend on average about 300 feet per mile. Hence aircraft on average are only 600 feet above the ground when they fly over our neighborhood. Some aircraft noise will be a fact of life in our neighborhood.
Other points from tonight's RAFOM meeting:
- Crime in the area in the past three month's has been typical, with the exception of some bank robberies and thefts of high-end custom wheels and rims from automobiles. The police have made progress in arresting the perpetrators.
- The updating of the Rosslyn sector plan is moving forward.
- Affordable housing is being lost on Rolfe St. and on the central segment of Ode St. (Swansen Apartments).
- Arlington County is offering free trees to residents on Oct. 15 and 16. The trees are 3-7 feet in height and are of nineteen different types.
- Arlington County is looking for volunteers to help identify high-risk homeless persons to be provided housing.
- Meeting participants approved the conceptual design for the Ft. Myer Heights playground.