Questions rising about airport noise reduction promised by repeal of Wright Amendment

Questions rising about airport noise reduction promised by repeal of Wright Amendment

A Southwest jet takes off from Dallas Love-Field on June 4, 2013.

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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Posted on June 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 7:52 PM

DALLAS –– Airplane noise around Dallas Love-Field was not supposed to increase according to the grand compromise that repealed the Wright Amendment and allowed longer flights from the airport. 

An impact study, from 2006 says "…removal of the Wright Amendment restrictions... will result in fewer noise impacts..."          

But noise complaints in some nearby neighborhoods are skyrocketing even before the new deal has even officially kicked in. Homeowners are angry.

“I feel like I’ve been robbed,” said Travis Ewert.          

Robbed of peace and quiet: As of last week, Ewert was so fed up with the noise he was preparing to put his home on the market. But after seeing reports on News 8 about skyrocketing sound complaints in Dallas and Highland Park, he now plans to fight City Hall.

"I don't feel alone anymore,” he said.          

The layout of the new airport terminal gives pilots greater flexibility to choose between Love's two runways. More are now choosing the east runway, along Lemmon Avenue, closer to Ewert's home.          

Dallas Councilwoman Linda Koop chairs the committee overseeing Love Field. She also participated in the compromise repealing the Wright Amendment with its prediction of no increase in noise. The amendment, enacted in 1979, is set to expire in Oct. 2014 and will open the airport up to more traffic.

"I think it's important to stick to the agreement because that's what the community and city decided upon,” Koop said. “And it's important for the city to be able to quantify what was in the agreement and proceed to honor the agreement.” 

Quantifying may be hard. In the last five months Dallas stopped publishing runway traffic and noise statistics.

So, for the third day in a row, News 8 asked city officials to confirm if there is, in fact, more traffic on that east runway along Lemmon Avenue and what it plans to do about the noise.

It is the third straight day they could not give us an answer.

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