According to the F.A.A. the proposed changes to flight paths based on switching from radar to GPS satellite tracking systems will NOT impact Miami Springs or the Virginia Gardens area. (Collective sigh)
WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT?
The Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) is modernizing its flight path management systems to move away from the ages old radar systems to new, computer managed, GPS satellite tracking systems. The radar systems will remain as back up, but the satellite tracking systems are more reliable and more efficient.
Specifically, the system allows for more efficient take off and landing approaches. This in turn reduces fuel consumption, reduces pollution, and in some cases even reduces the amount of flight delays on the ground.
WHEN WILL THIS HAPPEN?
The changes won’t be fully rolled out until 2021.
WILL MIAMI SPRINGS / VG BE IMPACTED?
There was concern the new flight paths may come closer to Miami Springs. Fortunately, we’re so close to the airport, that planes cannot fly over Miami Springs and have enough space to turn around and land.
We will continue to hear the typical take off and landing noises due to our proximity, but we will not see any new impacts from fly overs.
It is possible and likely probable that we may get more noise from additional take offs and landings as Miami International continues to get more air traffic.
The F.A.A. has more information about the program on its community outreach page. Learn more at: https://www.faa.gov/nextgen/nextgen_near_you/community_involvement/florida/