By Jack Mayne A citizens group called the Quiet Skies Coalition has been formed to fight increased airline noise in Burien instigated by the Federal Aviation Administration at Sea-Tac Airport. The Coalition released a newsletter today (Oct. 3) that said was to “notify you that a citizen committee has been formed to oppose the drastic increase in westbound departures from SeaTac Airport due to changes the FAA has enacted that affect the greater Burien area.” The new group has been legally incorporated as the Quiet Skies Coalition as a not-for-profit corporation under Washington state law. The Quiet Skies Coalition is asking residents to “become a part of this opposition” to the increase in prop-jet aircraft turning west over Burien whenever flights take off to the north. That direction is required by the FAA flight controllers whenever with wind comes from the north. Initially the Quiet Skies Coalition will “be directing our activities toward the Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines (and the) Federal Aviation Administration.” Fundraising The group ways they are beginning “currently fundraising, doing research and forming a preliminary plan and strategy. We will be sharing this with you and seeking your help and opinions in the near future. The Coalition said it is planning a public meeting to “share input and ideas as well as how you can be a part of this effort.” The opposition group included in its news release maps that were generated by the Port of Seattle and “illustrate the change in the number and direction of takeoffs over the greater Burien area. As you can see, things have changed dramatically.” These maps illustrate the direction and number of flights prior to last July and illustrates “the direction and number of flights starting in July and illustrates “our city is now exposed to a major increase in noise from over flights – far in excess of the historic norm for our area.” [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="490"]Burien residents form 'Quiet Skies Coalition' to fight increased airplane noise 1 BEFORE: Flight pattern from Aug. 26, 2015. Click image to view larger version.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="490"]Burien residents form 'Quiet Skies Coalition' to fight increased airplane noise 2 NOW: Flight pattern for Aug. 24, 2016. Click image to view larger version.[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="225"]Burien residents form 'Quiet Skies Coalition' to fight increased airplane noise 3 Larry Cripe[/caption] The group is headed by retired Alaska Airlines Group pilot Larry Cripe and is seeking “legal options, raising funds necessary to support the community effort, launching our advocacy website and a host of other activities.” They are soliciting local citizen to join with them and “volunteer your time to raise awareness about the issue, contribute funds, attend public meetings, and engage in letter writing campaigns and so forth.” Contact can be made with Cripe as Quiet Skies president or member John Parnass. They may be contacted by emailing [email protected] or [email protected]. They promise a website soon to update the contact information (stay tuned to The B-Town Blog for news when this happens). ‘The Port, Alaska Airlines and the FAA have underestimated our resolve to stop this blatant disregard for us as residents, taxpayers and property owners,” the news release said. “By joining together in this battle, we stand a chance to reverse the decision that has been imposed upon us. “We are asking each and every one of you to spread the word by whatever methods you can. We need thousands of email addresses in the next sixty days, which is only possible with your help.” With a list of residents willing to assist them, “We will then be able to communicate and keep everyone informed as to what we are doing as an organization. “Unfortunately, none of this is going to be achievable without raising funds.”]]>