Longer Palm Beach Runway Would Put Planes Over Fewer Homes

An extended runway along with a second runway would give controllers more space, and reduce -- but not eliminate -- the need for the northward turn, controllers say.


De La Rionda said it's too soon to say how a longer second runway would affect noise near Vedado.

"All of those impacts will be determined through the EIS," the FAA's environmental impact statement, she said.

The airport's citizens' committee on airport noise will discuss the FAA study at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Clayton E. Hutcheson Agricultural Center, 559 N. Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach.

More than 240 jets of all kinds flew out of PBIA on April 1. Roughly 30 of them turned north after takeoff. De La Rionda, said she received many calls from residents complaining about multiple planes flying over their homes that day.

"When they go straight out, these people don't call and complain," she said. "If that plane is turned, then we start getting, 'Why is this happening?' "

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FAA study

The airport's citizens committee on airport noise will discuss the Federal Aviation Administration study at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Clayton E. Hutcheson Agricultural Center, 559 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach.



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