Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison met with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Robert Sturgell today to discuss aviation issues affecting the 2nd Congressional District. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the Southeast Texas Regional Airport Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) consolidation and noise pollution in the area surrounding Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
Today, Senator Hutchison and I met with the FAA to personally discuss the aviation issues concerning the folks of Southeast Texas, said Poe. I appreciate Senator Hutchisons continued support on these issues and consider her influence and input invaluable. This meeting was an opportunity for us to sit down face-to-face with the new head of the FAA to communicate to them the concerns over the TRACON consolidation and the imperative need for noise reduction. I feel that the meeting went very well and Senator Hutchison and I were able to convey our strong opinions on these issues and stress the need for cooperation between the FAA and the community stakeholders. We were given every indication that the FAA intends to work towards an amicable solution to these problems.
The FAA will be meeting next week to discuss the issues of noise abatement at various airports, including Bush IAH. Congressman Poe encouraged the FAA to keep the community stakeholders involved in plans as they implement changes suggested for noise abatement and TRACON consolidations.
Congressman Poe recently sponsored a Town Hall meeting in Port Arthur regarding the consolidation and suggested that follow-up informational meetings continue in the area to keep residents informed. In September, the FAA announced they would suspend the consolidation temporarily. While the consolidation is on hold at this time, the FAA has not announced a final decision on their consolidation plans.
Poe serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Aviation Subcommittee.