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Worried about airplane noise? FAA holding meeting about new flight paths

An American airlines jet takes off at Charlotte Douglas International airport on Dec. 23,2015.
An American airlines jet takes off at Charlotte Douglas International airport on Dec. 23,2015. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

The Federal Aviation Administration is holding a public meeting Thursday to discuss flight path changes for routes northeast and southeast of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Charlotte Police and Fire Training Academy, located at 1770 Shopton Road. The new departure routes being established include departure tracks for aircraft leaving Charlotte Douglas when they’re between 3,000 and 6,000 feet, and a new arrival route for flights approaching from the northeast when above 16,000 feet.

An FAA assessment last year, which included three public workshops, found there would be “no significant impact” from the changes.

The FAA is planning to hold another meeting, either next month or July, to provide more information on new air traffic procedures that will be implemented in 2016. The FAA is trying to improve the flow of air traffic around major metropolitan airports nationwide.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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