Some Belmont and Watertown residents (mostly towards the eastern side) have been disturbed by new concentrated flight patterns from Logan — almost forgot to post this update, but a jet overhead reminded me.
Working closely with me and with Representatives Hecht and Rogers, Congresswoman Clark has been very diligent and helpful in pursuing this issue. The FAA responds only to federal legislators, so her help has been essential. She offers an update on her own website.
We first became aware of this new plan and posted about it in February 2013. As the new plan was implemented and complaints developed, we’ve done a lot to look into residents’ concerns and to explore solutions. My own take is that our options are limited. The basic new flight pattern appears to be here to stay. It’s one of several flight patterns that Logan air traffic control will use depending upon weather. We can only urge that, when it’s a jump ball as to which pattern the weather favors, they don’t choose us. That, of course, may be the opposite of what another community wants. Belmont and Watertown are both now participating in the citizen’s advisory committee that consults with MassPort.