PHL-CAW
10/24/2004
  From Boothwyn --Thank you sincerely. Your constituents---
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This letter is being sent to both Senator Santorum and Specter from concerned residents in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania.

Boothwyn, PA 19061
October 23, 2004

Honorable Arlen Specter
United States Senate
600 Arch Street, Suite 9400
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Dear Senator Specter;

We know you are aware of the, ever increasing, problem of airplane noise and pollution occurring over heavily residential areas. However, we want to share our experience with the mysteriously dramatic and unconscionable increase of such that has become the norm over the past several months, and ask for your help in this matter.

We moved here about 6 years ago, to be close to our daughter and grandchildren who live in North Wilmington. Being about 11 miles from Philadelphia International Airport we expected and accepted that flight patterns would be occasionally overhead. It was not a problem as for the most part they were flying at about 2500 to 3500 feet. Then, starting (at least to our cognizance) about early spring we became increasingly disturbed by flights coming in so low that we could see the windows and letters (we would estimate as low as about 800 feet). Now, this is occurring frequently with planes one after another on the same path at 1 1/2 minute intervals, day and night. We can no longer enjoy sitting outside. We often cannot even talk to each other without being drowned out by the engine roar. It is 11:52 a.m. I am in my den, with the windows closed and can hear the constant drone.

A few weeks ago we were able to reach the FAA in Jamaica, NY and spoke to their representative concerning this. He informed us the FAA recommends that flights over are area be at about 3000 feet; but, this is up to the airline and the airport and suggested we contact them. He also told us about the Brandywine Intercept issue and the politicians and homeowner groups involved in attempting to change this pattern. He volunteered, “They haven’t a prayer.” At his suggestion we have called the Philadelphia International Airport Noise Information Line a number of times. It is a message machine. They have yet to call us back. I wonder if the low altitude pattern is somehow saving the airlines gas?

Anyway:

Is there anything you can and will do to help? Can we assist you in this endeavor? Or, is the situation futilely in the hands of big business and big government and we should resign ourselves to moving away? Your response and guidance will be most appreciated.

Thank you sincerely. Your constituents,
 
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