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Posted on: December 4, 2019

Latest Update (November) from Airport Community Roundtable

At the request of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) convened the Airport Community Roundtable (ACR) in 2017. This new broad-based community initiative provides input into airport-related noise impacts and find, where possible, practical solutions and recommendations for the FAA to consider when determining aircraft operating procedures at CLT.

See link for November 2019 Meeting Presentation to the Committee

Below is a suggestion from the consultants at HMMH that was discussed at length in the November meeting along with pros and cons presented  Click HERE for Full Presentation by HMMH.  One point in particular brought up to the town by its representative to ACR was "Collective Grouping #18: Continuous decent arrivals, divergent departure headings, and removal of the existing 2-mile restriction and the 6,000 foot downwind altitudes."


  • Potential to better disperse departures based on destination
  • Potential to turn aircraft closer to the airport
  • Increased airport departure throughput
  • Ability to keep aircraft on downwind legs at higher altitudes
  • increased aircraft approach altitudes
  • Reduced noise exposure from continuous descents at reduced power settings. ( this would be implemented in phases, First arrival bank at 5am and last arrival bank after 9pm would be considered first)                    


  • Potential new communities exposed to departure noise
  • Lengthened downwind
  • Concentration of aircraft flight paths on base legs and low utilization 

This will be voted on by the ACR group in December.