By Jack Mayne Representatives of the recently formed Quiet Skies Coalition say they had a â€œproductiveâ€ meeting that was â€œopen and frankâ€ with the Federal Aviation AdministrationÂ last Friday (Nov. 4), as part of their efforts to stem the recently increased noise of turbo-prop airplanes taking off from Sea-Tac Airport and turning quickly at a low altitude over Burien. Quiet Skies President Larry Cripe, in a release Monday, said the meeting included three representatives from Burien, two from both the Port of Seattle and the FAA, plus a moderator hired by the City of Burien to conduct the meeting. Cripe was there as well as an unnamed â€œcoalition supporter who is acting in an advisory position.â€ â€œIt was an open and frank discussion about our concerns and a positive first step in developing a dialogue with all those in attendance,â€ Cripe wrote. â€œThe FAA representative accepted our concerns and assured us that they would be reviewed and that by Thursday, Nov. 10, they would propose a follow on date to schedule the next meeting between the City, Port of Seattle, FAA, our coalition, and hopefully, a member of the Alaska Air Group.â€ Cripe said that because of the â€œdetailed nature and broad scope of our questions,â€ all agreed it would take â€œa little timeâ€ for the FAA to effect â€œa comprehensive response.â€ He added that the Quiet Skies Coalition â€œagreed not to go public with our information until after the next meeting. â€œRest assured, our expectations were made perfectly clear,â€ he wrote, and everyone agreed to invite Alaska Air Group â€œto the table so that they are included in all discussions going forward. â€œAlaska Air Group has made it clear from the onset that they want to be part of the solution and not the problem,â€ Cripe said, so he was â€œhoping Alaska will accept the invitation and join with us to curtail the new flight paths that were forced upon the residents of Burien. ” He said Burien representatives would notify them â€œas to when that meeting is scheduled.â€ Cripe noted the Quiet Skies website would hopefully â€œbe active within a couple of days, at which time you will be able to donate securely onlineâ€ to the coalition. At a public meeting in October, the group launched its public effort created to combat the increase of noisy flights over Burien. At that meeting, Cripe said he had began getting phone calls about the aviation noise after he told the Burien City Council about the increase a few weeks earlier. Then he and Burien resident, attorney John Parnass, decided to form a non-profit committee, Quiet Skies Coalition. He said that after some study and with his background as a retired airline pilot, that the FAA has done â€œsomething that is unjust.â€ Read our previous coverage of this issue here.]]>
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‘He added that the Quiet Skies Coalition â€œagreed not to go public with our information until after the next meeting.’
Strange – this is a public meeting with public (government) employees, why not release the information?
And also an unnamed observer. Why so secretive, covert. Losing confidence in the “leaders” fast.
Do you want to complain about noise over your house? The old “Sea-Tac Airport Noise Information Line” still works: 206-433-5393.
I hope everyone, both on the committee and the public, realize turbo-prop engines are jet engines.
The noise from a turbo-prop is inconvenient while noise from a jet engine is a nuisance.
Turbo-prop aircraft should be included in the count of aircraft flying over Burien.
No resident should accept repeated occurrences of inconvenience between hard hits of nuisance.
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