Last year's court victory by Phoenix and neighborhood groups over the Federal Aviation Administration has prompted the agency to be more responsive to residents as it continues to beat back noise complaints around the United States over the air traffic modernization plan known as "NextGen."
In Phoenix last week, nearly 100 people strolled through a high school cafeteria over an evening, studying colored graphs of flight takeoffs.
More than three years after waking up to find window-rattling flights rerouted over their homes in an airborne highway, residents of Phoenix's historic downtown districts said they finally felt the FAA was listening to them.
They had earlier sued the agency after it changed Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport's flight procedures in September 2014, bringing airport noise to their formerly quiet neighborhoods.Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.