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Rep. Bass Cosponsors Quiet Skies Amendments to 2017 FAA Reauthorization Bill

July 20, 2017
Press Release
LOS ANGELES – As the FAA Reauthorization package makes its way to the House floor, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) cosponsored 12 amendments aimed at reducing flight noise in Culver City, Baldwin Hills and the West Adams neighborhood.

“As the FAA Reauthorization package slowly makes its way to the Floor for final vote, I’ve made sure to cosponsor specific amendments that will decrease noise levels in areas impacted by too-frequent flights and low flight paths,” Rep. Bass said. “I oppose the overall privatization of the FAA but should the bill pass, it’s important that these important provisions are included. I’ve received hundreds of calls and letters about the noise over the past 2 years and hope that these amendments will continue the strong push to mitigate this issue.”

In April, Rep. Bass convened FAA and LAWA officials at a townhall specifically hosted to address the issue of flight noise. The townhall resulted in the formation of a Quiet Skies Constituent Task Force for the 37th Congressional District, which keeps the Congresswoman in touch with constituents directly affected by the disruptive effects of airplane noise.  

Amendment Summary:


  • Amendment 1
    • Strengthens the required study on the health impacts of airplane flights on residents exposed to a range of noise and air pollution levels from such flights by requiring that the study focuses on residents in at least five metropolitan areas rather than at least one. Includes additional health impacts, such as asthma exacerbation and stress, that are attributable to noise exposure from aircraft flights within the scope of the study. Requires submission of the study to the FAA Administrator not later than two years rather than three.


  • Amendment 5
    • Directs the FAA Administrator to identify and facilitate opportunities to develop and execute memoranda of understanding between the FAA and state and local authorities that operate airports to reduce the overflight noise impacts of aircraft operations resulting from the implementation of NextGen precision-based Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures, including RNAV. Such memoranda would be based on the innovative memorandum of understanding executed between the FAA and the Massachusetts Port Authority to analyze noise reduction opportunities through changes to PBN procedures.


  • Amendment 6
    • Directs the FAA Administrator to engage and cooperate with air carriers to identify and facilitate opportunities for air carriers to retrofit aircraft with devices that mitigate noise, including vortex generators.


  • Amendment 7
    • Directs Regional FAA Administrators to conduct public forums within affected local communities in their region every 90 days to address concerns regarding the logistical, environmental, and health impacts of aircraft overflight noise. Requires Regional FAA Administrators to provide public notice of such public forums at least 30 days prior to a forum.


  • Amendment 9
    • Provides that when proposing a new area navigation departure procedure or amending an existing procedure that would direct aircraft between the surface and 6,000 feet above ground level over noise sensitive areas, the FAA Administrator shall also consider the feasibility of additional alternatives in order to address community noise concerns. Such alternatives include thrust and speed management modification for departures, late turn arrival path procedures, early turn modifications, and waypoint relocation.


  • Amendment 11
    • Requires the private ATC corporate board to include 2 directors from non-profit public interest groups with expertise in consumer protection to represent the interest of air travelers and to limit the number of directors who represent the passenger air carriers.



  • Amendment 24
    • Allows homeowners to receive assistance for noise mitigation products or services under RSIP if they had previously received services or products, but those products need repair, as long as the warranty is no longer valid.


  • Amendment 26
    • Requires the FAA to update its mission statement to include safety as the first priority, and efficiency and the minimization of noise, health, and environmental impacts as the next priorities


  • Amendment 27
    • Grandfathers in current voter approved sales taxes from a recent FAA rule which restricts revenues from taxes applied to aviation fuel to only go to airports. Further clarifies the rule so that funds may also be reinvested in transportation projects.


  • Amendment 43
    • Requires FAA to regulate helicopter operations above Los Angeles County, California, Hudson County, New Jersey, Queens County, New York, and Nassau County, New York


  • Amendment 65
    • Requires a report from the Comptroller General evaluating the impacts of extreme temperatures and weather events on flight schedules and airport infrastructure.


  • Amendment 89
    • Requires a report from the Comptroller General evaluating the health and environmental impacts of greenhouse gas emissions from aircrafts as well as the impact of NextGen implementation on aircraft emissions.