The Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney reports on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to redraw flight-paths as part of the switch from ground-based to satellite navigation, an initiative dubbed NextGen.
While beneficial to those on board planes, these changes will have an adverse effect on residents who live near the new flight paths. To get a clear example of these changes, one can look at Phoenix:
Jets taking off to the west from Sky Harbor International Airport almost always followed the Salt River bed out 9 miles before turning. If you were flying from Phoenix to New York, your plane would go 9 miles in the wrong direction. But on Sept. 18, 2014, the FAA implemented new routes that require planes heading north and east to start turning just 3 miles from the airport.
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