- Associated Press - Saturday, December 10, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona’s U.S. senators says a provision in defense legislation approved by Congress would require Federal Aviation Administration to review flight path changes like those over Phoenix and take steps to mitigate negative effects on the community.

Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake say the provision in the legislation sent to President Barack Obama helps ensure that Phoenix residents impacted by noise from Sky Harbor International Airport flight path changes are heard.

Many residents complained about increased aircraft noise after the FAA implemented new flight paths in 2014 as part of an effort to streamline aircraft routing for safety and fuel efficiency.

Phoenix Councilwoman Laura Pastor called the legislation a promising step to help affected residents, while Councilman Michael Nowakowski said it will hold the FAA accountable.

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