Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Press Release: FAA Officials to Address Flight Path Concerns in Lake Arrowhead

Jan 11, 2018
Press Release

FAA Officials to Address Flight Path Concerns in Lake Arrowhead

WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) announced today that the Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) will host a community meeting with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials at 6 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa.

FAA officials will address residents’ concerns about noise increases due to new flight patterns implemented by the FAA in an attempt to streamline airspace throughout Southern California. Rep. Cook has worked with a bipartisan coalition of federal representatives, Supervisor Rutherford, and the Lake Arrowhead MAC to arrange the meeting with FAA officials.

Rep. Cook has had multiple meetings with FAA official to discuss what can be done to move the flight path away from populated areas and just last month sent a survey to the entire Lake Arrowhead community to learn more about how the community has impacted.

Rep. Cook said, "Since this issue was brought to my attention, I’ve worked closely with Supervisor Rutherford and my colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure the FAA hears the community’s voice. This meeting will provide mountain residents with the opportunity they should have had months ago: to hear from FAA officials about flight pattern changes that affected their community. I hope the FAA has heard the outcry from the residents over the past nine months and will be ready to offer a real solution.”

Supervisor Rutherford, who represents Lake Arrowhead on the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors, said “I have received numerous emails and calls from residents upset about how the flight path change has disrupted their community. Like many in the community, I was disappointed in how the agency handled the public notices for the flight path changes. However, I appreciate that the FAA is making this effort to speak to residents.”

David Caine, founder of Quiet Skies Lake Arrowhead, said “I am hopeful that this meeting will be productive in bringing quieter skies for the people of Lake Arrowhead. This meeting is long overdue, and I’d like to thank Congressman Cook and the rest of our elected representatives for continuing to hold the FAA accountable for their misguided and shortsighted actions. Lake Arrowhead residents will finally be able to have the public meeting that should have come long before any changes were implemented.”

A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.