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1 The WEST 45 AIRPORT NOISE COMMITTEE CHARGE theCHARGE.org ***** The Coalition Against the Hooks Airport Expansion The WEST 45 AIRPORT NOISE COMMITTEE has affiliated itself with two other groups: CHARGE theCHARGE.org ***** The Coalition Against the Hooks Airport Expansion

2 Welcome to the CHARGE town hall meeting October 2 nd 2006

3 Purpose of this meeting Update CHARGE activities this year Update CHARGE activities this year The problem The problem The cure The cure Receive update from the Houston Airport System Receive update from the Houston Airport System Hear from candidates and elected officials on their stance on this issue Hear from candidates and elected officials on their stance on this issue Understand what the airport, your elected officials and you can do to solve this problem Understand what the airport, your elected officials and you can do to solve this problem

4 CHARGE positions CHARGE is grass roots with no political affiliations. CHARGE is grass roots with no political affiliations. CHARGE does NOT wish the airport closed or the runways removed. CHARGE does NOT wish the airport closed or the runways removed. CHARGE understands the economic benefit that the airport provides to this area and the region. CHARGE understands the economic benefit that the airport provides to this area and the region. CHARGE does not believe that the neighbors of the airport should bare the burden of Bush Intercontinental Airports expansion. CHARGE does not believe that the neighbors of the airport should bare the burden of Bush Intercontinental Airports expansion.

5 How CHARGE lives… Your donations Your donations Stream energy Stream energy

6 CHARGEs activities this year To the extent possible, take advantage of the election year and the elected officials Rework and update the website Reverse CHARGEs reputation of mean spirit and hatefulness by visiting with officials, groups and individuals OfficialsGroups Individuals – townhall meeting – close Oct 2nd Make visits to every Federal official possible to present problem, solution and what the specific official can do, to take a stand on the issue PoeHutchisonCornyn Jackson Lee McCaul – close CulbersonBrady Make visits to every State official possible to present problem, solutions and what the specific official can do, to take a stand on the issue ThompsonWhitmireRiddle Lindsays district candidates Dan Patrick – close Tommy Williams Joe Crabb Hamerics district candidates Make visits to every City of Houston official possible to present problem, solutions and what the specific official can do, to take a stand on the issue Mayor Michael Berry – close Addie Wiseman Other council members Make presentations to every governmental group possible on problem, solutions and what the specific group can do – ask them to take a stand, create a position on the airport issue City of Humble City Manager Boeske City Council Make presentations to every quasi-governmental group possible on problem, solutions and what the specific group can do – ask them to take a stand, create a position on the airport issue Aldine ISD Humble ISD No Harris Montg Cty College District twice Dr Sam of the WW Thorne campus Humble Chamber of Commerce NW Chamber of Commerce Make presentations to every possible HOA on problem, solutions and what the specific group can do – ask them to take a stand, create a position on the airport issue North Hollow Atascocita Trails Atascocita South Atascocita Forest Northshire 1&2 Atascocita Forest Atascocita Shores Timberwood Northgate Forest Pinehurst Atascocita Pines North Forest Northshire 3 Northdshire 1 & 2 Timberwood – no HOA Establish rapport with controllers – two Meet with Continental – semi thru the airport NAP meeting Meeting with Eversole Being talking with airport Illicit a commitment to create an NAP from the airport with CHARGE involved Admit need for LUM from airport Begin an NAP two meetings Other avenues explored or actions taken; Secy of State now ok State Controller now ok West 45 Group closely affiliated and working in unison with CHARGE Desire to have West 45 join us on officials visits Explored Dallas atty who worked on DFW suit

7 THE PROBLEM(S) Noise effecting health Pollution from overflights Property devaluation Potential for catastrophic disaster Reasonable enjoyment of your property

8 The reasons for the problem City of Houston

9 Reasons Since the opening of the newest runway (and at the same time), FAA tripled the amount of class B airspace over which they have control. ** FAAs stance on airport expansion is NOT pro-neighboring communities – it is safety and promotion of air carriers and facilities

10 Our Mission Our mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. Our Vision Our vision is to improve the safety and efficiency of aviation, while being responsive to our customers and accountable to the public. Our Values Safety is our passion. We're world leaders in aerospace safety. Quality is our trademark. We serve our country, our customers, and each other. Integrity is our character. We do the right thing, even if no one is looking. People are our strength. We treat each other as we want to be treated.

11 The solutions Noise Abatement Program established by Bush Intercontinental Airport Noise Abatement Program established by Bush Intercontinental Airport Land Use Management around the airport Land Use Management around the airport Reconfiguration of the use of the airspace around the airport Reconfiguration of the use of the airspace around the airport

12 1. Noise Abatement Program (NAP) Mitigation for affected neighborhoods Mitigation for affected neighborhoods Governs use of airspace avoiding flights over noise sensitive areas Governs use of airspace avoiding flights over noise sensitive areas Establish noise sensitive areas Establish noise sensitive areas –residential, schools, hospitals and churches CHARGE has proposed an NAP to the airport CHARGE has proposed an NAP to the airport Procedures in the proposed NAP are from NAPs at other airports, not imagined utopia Procedures in the proposed NAP are from NAPs at other airports, not imagined utopia

13 Most middle to large airports, in this country, have NAPs Most middle to large airports, in this country, have NAPs The NAP encourages noise abatement during the planning stages of airport expansion The NAP encourages noise abatement during the planning stages of airport expansion

14 The proposed NAP makes use of the major thoroughfares surrounding Bush Intercontinental Airport

15 NAP uses FAA technology called RNAV which is in testing in Atlanta and Las Vegas airports – specifically Continuous Decent Approach Prof. John-Paul Clarke, PhD Aeronautical Engineering MIT, Director of the Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Tech, Advisor to Boeing

16 Intercept Elevation Changes Continuous Descent Approaches Planes should fly high over residential areas and begin their descent on the glide slope at the last possible moment. Higher planes mean less noise Currently planes fly at 2000 feet 3º END OF RUNWAY GLIDE SLOPE 4000 INTERCEPT 2000 INTERCEPT

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18 2. Land Use Management Is it zoning…No Is it zoning…No The NAP establishes flight corroders… the Land Use Management prevents noise sensitive development in these corroders The NAP establishes flight corroders… the Land Use Management prevents noise sensitive development in these corroders Who is in control – this is a commission comprised of Houston, Humble, Harris county, FAA and citizen neighbors of the airport Who is in control – this is a commission comprised of Houston, Humble, Harris county, FAA and citizen neighbors of the airport

19 Land use management recommended by Environmental Impact Study of 2000 Land use management recommended by Environmental Impact Study of 2000 Land use is allowed by State Law Land use is allowed by State Law It is exclusively for the airport affected areas and future expansion It is exclusively for the airport affected areas and future expansion It prevents this problem with future expansion It prevents this problem with future expansion

20 3. FAA Airspace Configuration NAP establishes air corroders, FAA adjusts use of the airspace NAP establishes air corroders, FAA adjusts use of the airspace Present configuration is not efficient according to controllers, nor is it noise sensitive Present configuration is not efficient according to controllers, nor is it noise sensitive A commission is established to reconfigure A commission is established to reconfigure

21 FAA is a bureaucracy much like the IRS FAA is a bureaucracy much like the IRS It does not report to the citizens of this country It does not report to the citizens of this country Its basic premise is to enhance air travel and promote safety Its basic premise is to enhance air travel and promote safety It will require the efforts of our elected officials It will require the efforts of our elected officials

22 WHO ARE THE PLAYERS IN SOLVING THIS PROBLEM Houston Airport System Houston Airport System Your elected officials Your elected officials You You

23 What can the airport do? Adopt an NAP Adopt an NAP Begin the establishment of a Land Use Management Commission Begin the establishment of a Land Use Management Commission Both items were discussed as needed in a meeting between CHARGE and Rick Vacar on April 11 th 2006 Both items were discussed as needed in a meeting between CHARGE and Rick Vacar on April 11 th 2006

24 The role of your elected officials? State Elected Officials Help establish Land Use Commission for Bush Intercontinental Airport region Help establish Land Use Commission for Bush Intercontinental Airport region Encourage the Houston Airport System to play their role in curing the expansion problem both now and for future expansion Encourage the Houston Airport System to play their role in curing the expansion problem both now and for future expansion Encourage Commissioner Eversole to begin promised pollution monitoring as is done at the ship channel Encourage Commissioner Eversole to begin promised pollution monitoring as is done at the ship channel City/County officials are included in this category City/County officials are included in this category

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27 Federal Elected Officials Federal Officials can have the greatest impact on FAA Federal Officials can have the greatest impact on FAA –FAA needs to change the decibel level to 55, from 65, just as the EPA recommends Federal Officials can have the greatest impact on the Houston Airport System Federal Officials can have the greatest impact on the Houston Airport System

28 How to find your elected officials? Congress.org Congress.org Firstgov.gov Firstgov.gov Handouts on the outside table Handouts on the outside table

29 Richard Vacar, Director, Houston Airport System said, IAH receives approximately 1,000 noise complaints a month and 80 to 90 percent of those are made by the same six people. (Spring Online Observer, 8/1/2005 Edition)

30 What Impact Can You Have? You are the most important part of the solution You are the most important part of the solution Complain to the airport when you have problems… Complain to the airport when you have problems… –Every time you have a problem…the airport noise compliance office can have a greater impact on the problem if you can provide details, time, date, type of plane, altitude, what occurred How to complain handouts…on the tables outside How to complain handouts…on the tables outside Airport complaint link is on theCHARGE.org and flightnoise.com Airport complaint link is on theCHARGE.org and flightnoise.com

31 Lodge a complaint with FAA when you see unsafe flight operations Lodge a complaint with FAA when you see unsafe flight operations File a complaint with your elected officials…put them on notice of the problems File a complaint with your elected officials…put them on notice of the problems Notify them repeatedly…once is not enough for them to think there is a problem Notify them repeatedly…once is not enough for them to think there is a problem Talk to neighbors &friends about doing the same…repeatedly Talk to neighbors &friends about doing the same…repeatedly

32 A Note on Our Elected Officials They work on many different issues They work on many different issues They sometimes get separated from the issues of their constituents They sometimes get separated from the issues of their constituents They need to be reminded of our problems They need to be reminded of our problemsRegularly They do not know what problems we have if we do not tell them They do not know what problems we have if we do not tell them

33 Elected officials positions This meeting was scheduled during an out of session period so they would be able to attend This meeting was scheduled during an out of session period so they would be able to attend Notification was 1 ½ months prior to this meeting to allow for their attendance Notification was 1 ½ months prior to this meeting to allow for their attendance They were requested to send their Chiefs of Staff if they were not able to attend They were requested to send their Chiefs of Staff if they were not able to attend They were asked to send their position statements on the airport issue They were asked to send their position statements on the airport issue

34 Vote on November 8 th! The U.S.A. needs your vote.


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