Phoenix residents upset over new flight paths for Sky Harbor

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is fielding a slew of complaints since a change in flight patterns.

One neighbor says she wished she'd known before she bought her new home.  

"My husband and I have been wanting to do a historic home for many years so that's why we're here," Candis Turner said. "We finally had the opportunity."

After raising kids in Gilbert, Turner and her husband just moved into their dream home in the F.Q. Story Neighborhood Historic District in Phoenix four months ago.

"Watch the planes from a distance, we didn't have the noise and it was just a relaxing thing that we liked to do," Turner said.

Then just weeks ago, those relaxing planes became intrusive.

"Now they're coming around this way and along with that came the noise and the smell, actually, we do get the smell," she said.

On Sept. 18, the Federal Aviation Administration changed its flight patterns for some planes departing Sky Harbor. The new flight path came after an FAA safety and environmental analysis and roughly follows Phoenix's Grand Avenue.

"The noise, vibration, yeah we get a lot of that," she said.

Now, Turner is wishing she had known about the change before she moved into her now noisy dream home.

"If this flight pattern would have been in effect then, it would have been an issue," she said.

Since the flight pattern changed some two weeks ago Sky Harbor has had more than 200 noise complaints.

The FAA will be holding a community meeting to discuss the issue this month.