Whidbey’s congressman aims to mitigate jet noise with technology

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Congressman Rick Larsen pushed successfully last week to advance an initiative that aims to improve pilot safety and ease training through automation, according to a news release.

He said this is part of his ongoing efforts to address community concerns about jet noise out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

“I am committed to a long-term plan to respond to those in our community who are concerned about jet noise,” Larsen saaid. “In partnership with local officials, community members and the Navy, I am working to find ways to mitigate the effects of the noise on communities across the north Puget Sound region. One potential solution is to use technology to increase automation in carrier landings to safely ease the amount of training pilots need. My amendment does just that, and it maintains the momentum of using technology to improve pilot safety and training.”

Larsen, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, worked to include this language in the annual defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. The Armed Services Committee is marking up the 2017 fiscal year bill today.

Larsen’s language expresses the support of the committee for the MAGIC CARPET software package, which is in development, and requires the Navy to report on its progress to advance the software.

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