News Article - December 28 2006

FAA To Work With Philly Airport To Cut Down Noise
  (AP) PHILADELPHIA Delaware County officials said they have convinced the Federal Aviation Administration to rethink plans to redirect air traffic at Philadelphia International Airport to add capacity and limit congestion. The FAA has not abandoned the proposal to improve performance at airports between New York and Philadelphia, but officials have agreed to consider alternatives to cut down on increased noise caused by redirecting takeoffs and landings.

   Delaware County Council Chairman Andrew Reilly said the FAA said it is willing to work with local officials to try to mitigate the problem. County officials, with the aid of professional consultants, have presented several ideas to federal officials. One proposal would require plane taking off to the west of the airport to stay over the Delaware River until they reach an altitude of at least 3,000 feet.

Source - CBS3