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Councilman Michael Nowakowski’s Statement on Delay of Reverting FAA Flight Paths in LaveenCouncilman Michael Nowakowski’s Statement on Delay of Reverting FAA Flight Paths in Laveen<div class="ExternalClass881C8AFB8936455CB0DA509084E06790"><p>​Last August, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the city of Phoenix in its lawsuit against the FAA for implementing new departure routes without consulting the communities and neighborhoods impacted.<br></p><p>Pursuant to the ruling, the FAA agreed to revert the flight paths to their pre-September 2014 routes by April 1 of this year until new routes could be developed and properly communicated to the community.<br></p><p>I have recently been notified that the reverting of flight paths over the Laveen area will be delayed until late May due to ongoing environmental and historical consultation with the Tribal Community. <br></p><p>Critical to reverting back to the 2014 routes is the FAA's strict adherences to all applicable laws and community outreach and consultation with the Tribal agencies.  <br></p><p>I know it is disappointing to residents of the Laveen community that these route changes will trail the other route changes, however, it is required that the FAA communicate with the Tribal community. The FAA has made good progress with Tribal agencies in the consultation process and we will soon be back to the pre-2014 flight paths. <br></p></div>3/2/2018 11:05:00 PMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405