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Milton group sets Thursday meeting to discuss Logan flights

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  June 12, 2013 10:06 AM

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A group of Milton residents feel a new flight path from Logan over their town is unfair, and will meet Thursday to discuss how the path can be widened to spread out the effects of the flights.

A community meeting will is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Milton Town Hall.

The Federal Aviation Administration approved a trial period from June to December for flights taking off from the 33-L runway at Logan Airport to use a flight path one mile wide that goes over parts of Milton, according to resident Sheryl Fleitman, who is one of the meeting organizers.

“Basically, it’s just a highway in the sky,” Fleitman said.

Her group, an ad hoc committee of residents who want the flight path changed, hope to educate the public and ultimately disperse the burden of airplane noise and environmental effects across a wider area.

“Milton has three runway paths flying over it currently,” Fleitman said. “We have numbers that prove we have noise as bad as if not worse than Winthrop and Everett, yet we’re not nearly as close to Logan.”

Fleitman further said the six-month period was during the time when the wind direction would create less noise. The winds that take place during winter and spring would amplify the noise, she said.

Residents of other towns are welcome to the meeting, Fleitman said. Previously, aviation officials have said that Canton, Dedham, and Randolph will also be subject to increased air traffic due to the new flight path.

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