Winds send noisy jets over JP

February 1, 2013
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Noisy jet airplanes have been flying over Jamaica Plain in recent weeks due to re-routing caused by strong winds at Logan Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

David Boyajian, a resident of Sheridan Street in Hyde Square, is among the JPers complaining about the roaring passenger jets in recent weeks. The Gazette has noticed the planes booming low overhead as well.

“It’s gotten progressively annoying,” he said in an email to the Gazette, adding he has heard the planes for months as early as 5 a.m.

“It’s the wind and weather,” said FAA spokesperson Jim Peters, confirming an increase in planes over JP. “When [the plane traffic] will abate depends on the weather.”

The planes are usually taking off from Logan’s Runway 27, which is used for safety reasons when there are strong westerly winds. Prior to flight  pattern changes that routed flights over JP about 10 years ago, it was the subject of a massive political battle by JP and other Boston neighborhoods because of the noisy planes that would be routed over residential areas.

JP residents Anastasia and Will Lyman headed the local airplane-noise protests at that time. Anastasia Lyman told the Gazette last week that the recent overflights are definitely from Runway 27. She said that Massport flight-tracking information shows that about 70 percent of the Runway 27 flights are going over a “noise abatement corridor” of green space with few residents, including Franklin Park and Forest Hills Cemetery in JP.

Will Lyman remains the JP representative on the Logan Airport Community Advisory Committee. He was out of town and unavailable for comment.

Correction: Due to a reporting error, a previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Runway 27 opened six years ago. In fact, Runway 27 has been used during adverse wind conditions since the 1970s. The more recent change was routing airplanes from that runway over a new flight path that includes part of JP, which was approved about 10 years ago. A legal battle against that move ended several years ago.

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