One audible indicator that the pandemic recovery may be underway is increased air traffic from Reagan-National. Planes approaching or departing (depending on wind direction) fly on their new, non-deviating path over Mount Vernon with the length of Sherwood Hall Lane seemingly the exact and relentless low-altitude route. What isn’t audible, however, is any apparent noise being made by our local officials. Google the airport noise problem and you’ll see officials from DC, the City of Alexandria, Arlington and Montgomery County weighing in, lobbying the FAA earnestly on behalf of their residents. But here in Mount Vernon, we hear the sound of crickets from Del. Paul Krizek (D-44), State Sen. Scott Surovell (D-36) and Supervisor Dan Storck. In fact, my recent email inquiry on this matter to Storck’s office went unanswered. If, in fact, any of them are doing anything on this matter, it’s not evident on their various forms of constituent outreach.
It’s time for some representation and relief, particularly as the airport expands, bringing with it the certainty that even more flights will be approved.