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Relief possibly coming for residents living under Orlando International flight path

Noise complaints are rising in Conway-Belle Isle area, report finds

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Aviation Administration is considering changing the flight path of airplanes arriving and departing from Orlando International Airport, which could provide some noise relief for residents who live under the current flight path.

Many residents who live under the flight path hope the issue of loud noise will be addressed. 

"Its too loud. It’s too loud. And that’s at daytime. Imagine at nighttime," Juan Tirado said. 

Orlando International Airport is the 10th-busiest airport in the United States, with more than 131,000 passengers traveling through the airport per day.

The FAA is holding a series of meetings and workshops in the Orlando area to get public input on possible changes to the air traffic control system, which would also affect the noise residents hear.

Another meeting is scheduled for 6. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Winter Park Community Center to discuss the changes to the air traffic control system. Residents told News 6 they hope the issue of noise will be part of the discussion.

"It does get annoying. I don’t know why they can’t go further east or west," resident Joe Veglucci said.

News 6 watched Thursday as two airplanes flew directly over Veglucci's home within 10 minutes. 

"Some of them come a lot lower and a lot louder. It depends on the type of aircraft," Veglucci said.

It’s not just Central Florida that would be affected.The FAA is in the process of creating a plan to modernize the airspace around airports throughout the nation and will lead to more efficient aircraft operations and optimized approaches to airports, according to the FAA.

The changes could take years to be implemented if they are approved.

"It’s important for us to get the public’s input now and then we’ll begin an environmental process with a noise analysis over the next year or so," said Michael O'Hara, with the FAA. 

According to a report from the Aviation Noise Abatement Committee presented to the GOAA board Wednesday, 216 complaints from 40 households were filed in February and March this year. More than 500 complaints were received since January, according to the committee's findings.

Compared to the previous year, the complaints from January to March have increased by more than 100 each month.

Many of the complaints come from Conway and Belle Isle neighborhoods, which are directly under the path of air traffic.


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