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Congresswoman Grace Meng

Representing the 6th District of New York

Meng Meets with NASA to Discuss Combating Airplane Noise Over Queens

May 24, 2016
Press Release

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) met with NASA to discuss ways to combat airplane noise over Queens.

The space agency is working on technology to mitigate aircraft noise, and is seeking funding to test and further develop these initiatives so that they can be made available for commercial use.

“I'll talk to anybody who can play a role in mitigating airplane noise over our borough,” said Meng. “We must exhaust all traditional means in our fight against noise but we must also think out of the box and that is why I asked NASA to meet with me about the problem. Although most of the potential technology is years away, it is never too early to pursue it. Whether it's NASA, increasing pressure on the FAA or my efforts to have the EPA take over mitigation efforts, we must continue to explore all possibilities to reduce excessive aircraft noise from the skies of Queens."

Meng met in her Washington, D.C. office this past Thursday with Dr. Jaiwon Shin, NASA Associate Administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Shin works at NASA Headquarters in Washington and manages the agency's aeronautics research portfolio, and guides its strategic direction. This portfolio includes research in the fundamental aeronautics of flight, aviation safety and the nation's airspace system.

Technology that NASA is pursuing includes altering the shape of aircrafts, and upgrading engines that have lower noise output. NASA is also examining methods of flight that would limit the amount of time that an airplane descends, a move that would reduce the number of homes that aircrafts fly over at low altitudes. In fact, NASA has already begun testing this method of descent.  

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) was established in 1958. It is an independent agency of the U.S. government and is responsible for the nation’s space program as well as aeronautics research.