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I unknowingly moved into a new home in Brunswick Forest that appears to be directly under a common flight path. Can anything be done about it?

Ken Little

Q. I moved to Brunswick Forest a little over one year ago. The area was described as a “quiet enclave.” To my horror and disbelief, it seems I am directly under a flight path in the Shelmore subdivision. There are days when the traffic if constant and very loud as they fly very low to the ground. It appears to be getting worse to the point I find it intolerable to live here. Can you please tell me more about this, and if anything can be done?

A. North Carolina counties have the authority to regulate development in the vicinity of airports in the form of use and height resections, but don’t have authority to regulate flight paths, said Michael L. Hargett, Brunswick County director of economic development and planning. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, “There are no established procedures over that area. However, it is not uncommon for aircraft to overfly the area when landing on Runway 6 or Departing from Runway 24” of nearby Wilmington International Airport.

Kathleen Bergen, a communications manager for the FAA, provided a weblink from www.faa.gov about who concerned residents should contact about aircraft noise: http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/apl/noise_emissions/airport_aircraft_noise_issues/noise/

The first section of the link, titled “Noise From Aircraft Operations at an Airport in Your Community,” states that “airports are responsible for their noise impact on the communities they occupy.”

It continues: “These noise impacts include noise from arrivals and departures, as well as noise from aircraft in a flight path within the immediate vicinity of the airport. Most airports have staff that respond to airport noise issues, or you can ask for the airport manager.”

It states that airport noise issues and concerns “should first be addressed to the appropriate staff at the local airport.”

The Wilmington International Airport administration office phone number is 910-341-4333.

The FAA also has an “Aviation Noise Ombudsman” who serves as a liaison with the public on issues regarding aircraft noise.

Anyone with a specific question, comment, concern or complaint that cannot be answered through contact with the local airport can email 9-AWA-NoiseOmbudsman@faa.gov.

The FAA requires that a name and address be included, along with “a thorough description of your noise issue,” “the times and dates you are experiencing the noise disturbance,” the type of aircraft generating the noise (commercial jets, helicopters, general aviation) and “whether or not this noise issue is recurring.”

“Documentation of every official you have contacted regarding the issue” is also required.

Email is the best way to contact the FAA Aviation Noise Ombudsman, according to the link, which also includes a phone number, 202-267-3521.

A mailing address is also provided:

Federal Aviation Administration

Aviation Noise Ombudsman, AEE-2

800 Independence Ave. S.W.

Washington, DC 20591

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One Response to “ I unknowingly moved into a new home in Brunswick Forest that appears to be directly under a common flight path. Can anything be done about it?”

  1. On July 3, 2017 at 6:24 am JERRY DOCKERY wrote:

    You must be one of those special snow birds that flew in from “not a clue land”.

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