On Monday, April 17th, Larry Cripe, President of the Quiet Skies Coalition spoke to the Burien City Council and Burien residents in attendance. Here is the transcript of his speech:
Over 8 months ago, I stood here to express my concerns about the change in flight paths over our city.
A lot has happened since that day… one never knows what one can accomplish until you try, and try we did.
On April 10th, 2017, the administrator of the Northwest Mountain Regional Office of the Federal Aviation Agency notified our city of Burien of the immediate cancellation of turbo-prop aircraft turning to the west over Burien during north operations.
For the present, it appears that our efforts to preserve our environment have succeeded. However, it is imperative that we remain vigilant and continue to monitor flight activity to ensure we do not lose the gains that we have achieved.
When this all began, some told us that there was nothing that could be done to stop the FAA’s arbitrary and capricious decision to change flight paths directly over our city.
We the people, by the people and for the people, stood up against this outrageous disregard for the law and let our voices be heard.
It was this commitment by the citizens of Burien, who provided not only financial support to the coalition but also wrote letters of concern, showed up at numerous community meetings, and brought their diverse and specialized skills to confront a majorfederal government agency. The FAA assumed that our city had neither the finances nor the stamina to challenge their arbitrary decision. They were wrong. We fought the good fight and we prevailed.
However, we are not done. We cannot assume that the FAA, the Port of Seattle, or the Alaska Air Group will not make another effort that would negatively impact our community. For them, it’s all about money. For us, it’s all about our health, our environment, and our community.
We set out to inform, educate, and empower the citizens of Burien, to whom we ultimately owe our success. They trusted the Quiet Skies Coalition committee to guide this effort on their behalf, and due to their support, the FAA recognized our labor and commitment to protect our environment. We optimistically hope that the FAA now has a much better understanding of the guidance that defines their operational limitations.
On behalf of the Quiet Skies Coalition committee and it’s members, we sincerely thank the Burien City Council and city officials for their support. Together, we have marked a new beginning for the city of Burien in what can be accomplished when we work together.