Lawmaker urges LaGuardia flight path changes

A New York state senator is calling for changes to a flight path at LaGuardia Airport after a study found the noise it generates could reduce the lifespans of some Queens residents by about one year.

?That?s incredible, and it also shows just how dangerous these numerous flights are,? said Sen. Tony Avella, a Democrat who represents residents in affected neighborhoods. ?There?s a direct health impact?you can?t escape that fact.?

The study was conducted by researchers at Columbia University?s Mailman School of Public Health and published in the Aug. 15 issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Until a few years ago, the flight path, known as Tennis Climb, was in effect only during the U.S. Open. The route takes departing planes along a tight corridor to the east of LaGuardia and then north, sparing players and spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium the roar of jet engines.

But in 2012, with the growing use of GPS-based flight systems, the Federal Aviation Administration made the path a year-round route. Mr. Avella said that noise complaints from residents shot up immediately.

The Columbia study is based on an analysis of the hypothetical impact of noise on health, rather than on health data from local residents.

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